Both of the top seeds fell in the MLS conference finals with the Red Bulls winning on the night in the East but losing on aggregate to Columbus. In the West, FC Dallas and Portland drew on the night with Portland taking the series with their first-leg win.
At Red Bull Arena, New York shutout Columbus 1-0 but lost the series 2-1 on aggregate. Anatole Abang scored the game's only goal three minutes into stoppage time with the Red Bulls hitting the post two minutes later. New York finished with six shots on goal to the Crew's five.
"Give both teams credit for a well fought match," Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter said. "It was a lot of give and take, a lot of different opportunities for the teams and you saw what our intentions were from the beginning we wanted to score a goal and unfortunately didn't do so and then we let them hang in there and then they get the goal in the 93rd minute and hit the post in the 95th minute, that's soccer, but I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of the way the guys managed this game, but we're not finished."
Moving to the Western Conference, FC Dallas knew they had to make up goals to have a chance of advancing only to give up a goal early in the second-half. Fanendo Adi scored for Portland in the 54th, pushing the aggregate lead to 4-1. Dallas fought back with Ryan Hollingshead scoring in the 68th and Blas Perez in the 73rd. With Dallas pushing for a goal, Portland's Lucas Melano took advantage in the fifth minute of stoppage time sending the ball across the end line and into the back of the net. Melano's unlikely angle finished off the scoring with Portland advancing 5-3 on aggregate. Both teams finished with three shots on goal.
"It was a great game," Adi said. "We came in believing it was going to be a tough one. Dallas was going to give us a tough one, and they did. We're not surprised with what they came with, because we expected them to come very strong. For us, it was to try and get a goal and push forward. When we got the second goal we knew it put us in the Cup championship."