Daniel Royer scored two goals in three minutes as the New York Red Bulls reached the Eastern Conference final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Columbus Crew.
Aaron Long set up Alex Muyl for Red Bulls’ opener as they overturned Columbus’ first-leg lead within 17 minutes.
Royer then scored twice inside three minutes late in the second half as the Red Bulls clinched a 3-0 second-leg success.
They will face Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference final after they cruised to a 3-1 victory against New York City FC, thanks to two goals from Josef Martinez.
The Venezuelan opened the scoring with an outrageous 25th-minute penalty and, after Miguel Almiron had doubled United’s tally, he wrapped up the victory with the third seven minutes from time.
Maxime Chanot pulled a goal back for City on the stroke of half-time but it proved to be a consolation as Atlanta progressed into the MLS play-off finals for the very first time, 4-1 on aggregate.
Sporting Kansas City advanced to a Western Conference final showdown with the Portland Timbers after defeating Real Salt Lake 4-2 to complete a 5-3 aggregate win.
Goals in each half from Hungarian striker Daniel Salloi made certain of the win for Kansas City, who are chasing a third MLS Cup following wins in 2000 and 2013.
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