Recap: Sporting KC to open 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs at New York Red Bulls on Thursday, Oct. 30

Sporting Kansas City concluded the 2014 MLS regular season on Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored both goals for the visitors, tying the MLS single-season goal scoring record with 27 goals in 2014.

The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Red Bull Arena in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. The winner will advance to host No. 1 seed D.C. United at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tickets for Sunday's potential home playoff match at Sporting Park will go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Monday via Ticketmaster.com.

Four days after a 2-0 loss in Costa Rica to close out the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, Sporting KC fell by the same scoreline on Sunday in the regular season finale. Wright-Phillips put an exclamation point on a historic season with goals in the 15th and 70th minutes to claim the MLS Golden Boot.

His first of the match came with a right-footed finish past Eric Kronberg for the game-winning goal. Eric Alexander earned the assist, his ninth of the season, as Wright-Phillips scored his first road goal since July 16.

The Englishman doubled New York's lead with 20 minutes to play and in doing so became the third player in MLS history to record 27 goals in a season. Winning the ball from Aurelien Collin deep in his attacking third, Wright-Phillips cut inside and placed his shot into the back of the net for his sixth multi-goal game of the season. Wright-Phillips, 29, nearly completed the hat trick in the 83rd minute but was denied the the record-breaking goal on a point-blank save by Kronberg.

Sporting Kansas City's lone shot on goal in the game came in the eighth minute. Graham Zusi skipped past Dax McCarty in the midfield and fed Dom Dwyer in the left channel, however Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles did well to get a hand on Dwyer's well-struck shot. Dwyer finishes the 2014 regular season with 22 goals, second most in MLS and a single-season team record.

Robles was called into action again for two important interventions in a five-minute span. In the 38th minute, Paulo Nagamura's effort from outside the penalty area was palmed away with a full-extension dive. Nagamura came close again two minutes from halftime with a full volley that deflected in the goalmouth and was smothered by Robles.

Sporting Kansas City, who will compete in the postseason for a fourth consecutive year, finish the regular season with a 14-13-7 record and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind New York for the second straight year. The Red Bulls went unbeaten against Sporting KC in 2014 (2-0-1) and the two teams will now meet in the postseason for the first time in their 19-year history.

Major League Soccer
Regular Season: Game 34
Sporting Park | Kansas City, Kan.
Attendance: 19,188 (53rd straight sell out)
Weather: 80 degrees and partly cloudy
 

Score

1

2

F

Sporting KC (14-13-7, 49 pts)

0

0

0

New York Red Bulls (13-10-11, 50 pts)

1

1

2

Sporting Kansas City: Eric Kronberg; Kevin Ellis, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Lawrence Olum (Mikey Lopez 30), Paulo Nagamura, Graham Zusi; Sal Zizzo (Antonio Dovale 63), Dom Dwyer, Jacob Peterson (Claudio Bieler 76)

Subs Not Used: Jon Kempin, Jimmy Medranda, Soony Saad, C.J. Sapong

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Richard Eckersley, Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya (Damien Perrinelle 85), Roy Miller; Eric Alexander (Connor Lade 91+), Dax McCarty, Lloyd Sam (Ruben Bover 79), Tim Cahill, Ambroise Oyongo; Bradley Wright-Phillips

Subs Not Used: Ryan Meara, Chris Duvall, Peguy Luyindula, Marius Obekop

Stats

SKC

NY

Shots

15

11

Shots on Goal

1

4

Saves

1

1

Fouls

10

15

Offside

3

4

Corner Kicks

4

8

Misconduct Summary:

None

Scoring Summary:

NY -- Bradley Wright-Phillips 26 (Eric Alexander 9) 15
NY -- Bradley-Wright Phillips 27 (unassisted) 70

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