MLS Playoffs: Red Bulls advance despite loss

New York Red Bulls lose to D.C. United but reach Eastern Conference finals on aggregate goals

Peguy Luyindula scored his second playoff goal in as many games and the New York Red Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference finals despite a 2-1 loss to D.C. United on Saturday at Washington.

The Red Bulls advanced 3-2 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 last Sunday on goals from Luyindula and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Nick DeLeon scored in the first half and Sean Franklin added a late goal for United, which exits the playoffs in the semifinals despite winning the Eastern Conference regular-season title.

The Red Bulls advanced past the round of eight for the first time in five attempts and won their first playoff series against D.C. United in five meetings.

Luyindula scored in the 57th minute, hitting a first-time volley of Thierry Henry's cross to give the Red Bulls a commanding advantage. New York's Roy Miller received a red card in the 78th minute.

DeLeon headed in Taylor Kemp's cross from close range in the 36th minute, and Franklin scored in stoppage time.

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