MLS Cup Playoffs: 4 Thoughts on NY Red Bulls-Sporting KC

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Oct 30, 2014; Harrison, NY, USA; Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer (14) reacts to missing a shot on New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

4. A Rematch Worth Watching in MLS Cup Playoffs

Not all rematches in sports are worth replaying and watching for the entire. However, NY Red Bulls and Sporting KC facing off twice in less than seven days was worth watching and replaying. After New York rolled over and dominated Kansas City 2-0 four days ago, Thursday’s match had a different feel to it. Both teams battled for 90 minutes with neither having a clear advantage for long.

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  • Just like the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy games finished the regular season with entertaining and meaningful back-to-back games, Thursday’s game was worth it with the same referee under the center circle.

    In addition to being entertaining, the match had many physical moments. The physicalness didn’t cross any lines or cause any ridiculous actions by any player. In fact, the game ended with 22 players on the field, which is something that may not have occur knowing the rivalry of both Eastern Conference teams.

    While New York couldn’t fill their stadium, many fans tuned into ESPN2. The match featured national team stars on both squads as well as star for their own club. The goalies were forced to step up often and keep their respective team within the game and extend their season for another two weeks.