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New York City FC forward David Villa defends against a Columbus Crew corner kick during first half of Eastern Conference semifinal at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward David Villa defends against a Columbus Crew corner kick during first half of Eastern Conference semifinal at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Columbus Crew advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, winning the two-leg series 4-3 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.

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. >> Read more

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New York City FC forward David Villa controls the ball against the Columbus Crew during the first half at Citi Field. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward David Villa controls the ball against the Columbus Crew during the first half at Citi Field. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

David Villa scored two goals and New York City FC tied the Columbus Crew 2-2 on Sunday in the first regular-season match at Citi Field to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. >> Read more

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) reacts after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Union during second half at Red Bull Arena. The New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-2.
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) reacts after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Union during second half at Red Bull Arena. The New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-2. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls take their 14-game undefeated streak to the pitch when they host the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on Sunday.The Red Bulls (14-9-9) haven't lost an MLS match since dropping a 2-0 decision to Eastern Conference rival New York City FC on July 3. New York is tied with New York City for first place in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.

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New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella (13) congratulates New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) after he scored a goal in the second half against Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-2.
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New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella (13) congratulates New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) after he scored a goal in the second half against Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-2. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

With the international break over, the New York Red Bulls (14-9-9) have two matches left in the regular season. They're currently on a 14-match unbeaten streak, after defeating the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, on Oct 1. The Red Bulls are chasing the top spot in the Eastern Conference and a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions League. They're tied with NYCFC at 51 points apiece.This weekend the Red Bulls take on Columbus Crew SC (8-12-12). This is the second meeting between the two sides this season. In June, they drew, 1-1, at MAPFRE Stadium.Here are three key storylines heading into Sunday's match…

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