After fighting so hard for the right to have a first-round bye in the MLS playoffs, New York City FC could see it all go for naught if it cannot pull off a blowout victory against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday.
Fifth-seeded Columbus routed second-seeded New York 4-1 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday on goals from Ola Kamara, Artur, Justin Meram and Harrison Afful.
As a result, NYCFC must either win 3-0 or by four goals or more to take the total-goals series and advance beyond the semis for the first time in team history. Any other result would send Columbus to the conference finals, save for a 4-1 New York victory that would send the series to overtime.
"We know that it's going to be a difficult task," New York coach Patrick Vieira said. "But it's not impossible." >> Read more
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