NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbus Crew advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, beating New York City FC 4-3 in the two-leg series after falling 2-0 in the second game Sunday night.
The Crew will host the Supporters Shield winner Toronto FC in Game 1 of the conference finals Nov. 21. Toronto will be without stars Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. Altidore and New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan were sent off after a tunnel melee at halftime in the other semifinal game earlier Sunday and Giovinco received his second yellow card in two games.READ MORE: Teen Sisters On Long Island Recognized For Helping Seniors Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointments
NYC’s David Villa opened the scoring in the 16th minute on a penalty kick as Zack Steffen dove the wrong way. It came after Josh Williams tripped Rodney Wallace in a non-threatening position at the corner of the 18-yard box.
Andraz Struna made it 2-0 in the 53rd on a deflected shot off the head of Crew defender Jonathan Mensah.READ MORE: Brooklyn Man Arrested, Charged With Sexually Abusing Teenage Girl
NYC had two quality goal-scoring opportunities in the 66th minute but Maximiliano Moralez was just wide on a header and Jack Harrison was denied on a breakaway by Steffen. In the 70th, Wallace chested a cross, cut back his defender and hit the post with a shot.
Former AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who announced his retirement in October, entered in the 90th minute for NYC.
In the first leg Tuesday night, Artur started a three-goal outburst for Columbus in the second half, shortly after NYC went down a man, and the Crew won 4-1.MORE NEWS: Internal Review Clears New Rochelle Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Man Fleeing Traffic Stop
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