New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy: 2-1 Loss Ends Bulls’ Quest for 2011 MLS Cup

For the second consecutive season, the New York Red Bulls' season was ended by a California MLS club. Last year the Red Bulls were eliminated by the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena.

A year later, on Thursday night to be exact, their conqueror were the Los Angeles Galaxy. Remaining undefeated at home, the Galaxy won the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals 2-1 and 3-1 aggregate at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. 

After losing 1-0 to the Galaxy at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, the Red Bulls needed to win overall by one goal in order to keep their MLS Cup hopes alive. While Sunday's match was hard-fought and ugly, Thursday's night started off cohesively fast-paced. 

The Red Bulls faced elimination without suspended defender Rafa Marquez, who earned a red card following Sunday's loss for hitting Landon Donovan and provoking a fight afterwards.

Sensing elimination, Luke Rodgers brought his fiery personality and pa...

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