A scoreless first half gave way to a dramatic second half, which found Sporting KC on the side of defeat as they fell to the New York Red Bulls 2-1.
Dom Dwyer provided the goal for Sporting KC while Bradley Wright-Phillips' brace propelled the Red Bulls to the victory.
Sporting KC was able to go ahead on a nice goal from Dom Dywer. Benny Feilhaber won the ball in the midfield and moved the ball down the field with Dwyer just in front of him. An excellent pass got the ball to Dwyer, who was open enough to finish the shot to give Sporting KC the lead.
The Red Bulls, however, pulled it back in the 78th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips was on the receiving end of a low cross in the box and calmly put it away for his 28th goal of 2014. This had come after multiple frustrating attempts from the Red Bulls all game, having missed a couple of chances by mere feet.
New York finally claimed the lead for good in the 90th minute when an undefended cross from Oyongo found an open Wright-Phillips, who banged it off the post with a header for the lead.
Sporting KC would have a couple more chances in the dying moments off of corner kicks but weren't able to put it in, giving the Red Bulls the 2-1 final victory. The Red Bulls now move on to play DC United in the two-legged Eastern Conference semifinals, while Sporting Kansas City's season comes to a close in their worst performance since 2010.
We'll have offseason previews coming up in the next few days, including expansion and dispersal draft scenarios, as well as look backs at the 2014 season and how it all came to a close. Sporting KC are no longer the defending champions, and can now start the countdown until they are no longer "champions."