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2015 MLS Eastern Conference Finals - How we got here and history

New York and Columbus is not a playoff mainstay, but there is some history.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls are back in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. This time they will face off against Columbus Crew SC. Here's how we got to this point, and the history between the two.

Regular Season Standings

New York Red Bulls - 1st in Eastern Conference, Supporters' Shield

Columbus Crew SC - 2nd in Eastern Conference, 4th in MLS

2015 Playoff Results

New York Red Bulls

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Leg 1: D.C. United 0-1 New York Red Bulls

Leg 2: New York Red Bulls 1-0 D.C. United

New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United (aggregate)

Columbus Crew SC

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Leg 1: Montreal Impact 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Leg 2: Columbus Crew SC 3-1 (AET) Montreal Impact

Columbus Crew 4-3 Montreal Impact (aggregate)

Goal Scorers

New York Red Bulls

Dax McCarty (1), Bradley Wright-Phillips (1)

Columbus Crew SC

Federico Higuaín (1), Kei Kamara (2), Ethan Finlay (1)


New York Red Bulls

Matt Miazga (1 Yellow), Ronald Zubar (1 Yellow), Bradley Wright-Phillips (1 Yellow), Sacha Kljestan (1 Yellow)

Columbus Crew SC

Gastón Sauro (2 Yellows), Harrison Afful (1 Yellow)


Columbus Crew SC

Gastón Sauro (1 Game)

Previous Playoff History

2008: MLS Cup Final

Columbus Crew 3-1 New York Red Bulls

1998: Eastern Conference Semifinals (Best of 3 Series)

Leg 1: MetroStars 3-5 Columbus Crew

Leg 2: Columbus Crew 1-1 (3-2 SO) MetroStars