This was easily the most bizarre series of the semifinal round, with a 1-1 first leg courtesy of two own goals and a second leg which had to be rescheduled because of a snowstorm that the visiting team insisted should be played.
The second leg was no different in terms of its lunacy, and should Hollywood ever want to remake the film Funny Farm, they may want to recruit some of the players from these two rosters.
The crux of the game came down to a six-minute stretch in the second half. With the second leg tied 0-0, Kenny Cooper found himself in on a breakaway in the 69th minute.
DC United keeper Bill Hamid came for the ball, but missed and took out Cooper instead. Hamid was immediately red carded, giving New York a man advantage.
On the ensuing penalty, Cooper scored, but in his odd stutter-step run-up, he inadvertently drew several of his teammates into the penalty area and the goal was called back for encroachment.
Cooper then missed the second penalty, but New York was already getting the better of the chances, and with a man advantage in a tied game, New York still had the clear advantage.
Then, just six minutes later, Rafa Marquez received his second caution and was sent off, evening up the match at 10 men apiece (Both of Marquez’s cautions were stupid, but none of this is surprising to anyone who has watched him play over the years).
With time winding down and overtime looking increasingly likely, Nick DeLeon was put in behind the New York defense and coolly finished the chance in the 88th minute to give DC United a dramatic 2-1 win on aggregate.