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    MLS News: Playoff debutants Cincinnati beat Red Bulls, Galaxy beat Nashville

    The New York Red Bulls squandered the lead and crashed out of the MLS playoffs thanks to rookies Cincinnati 2-1 with Brandon Vasquez scoring the game-winning goal in the 86th minute on Saturday.

    Lewis Morgan, who scored 14 goals in the regular season, gave the Red Bulls the lead with a rifled shot from outside the box in the 48th minute at the Red Bull Arena.

    But Cincinnati responded with two goals in the last 15 minutes to secure a place in the conference semifinals, where they face the top seed Philadelphia Union. Cincy’s fourth-year franchise had finished last in the Eastern Conference over the previous three campaigns.

    Cinsi thought they equalized in the 60th minute when the Red Bulls failed to hit a long shot and Junior Moreno’s shot was deflected, but it was due to offside by Jeff Cameron.

    But the visitors found their way back when Red Bulls defender Andres Reyes clumsily knocked Alvaro Barreal down and Luciano Acosta stepped up to send Carlos Coronel the wrong way from a penalty in the 74th minute.

    New York were stunned when Cinsi took the lead with less than five minutes left in regulation as Vazquez moved to the left flank of substitute Sergio Santos.

    Sinsi goalkeeper Roman Celentano saved Aaron Long’s header in the 88th minute, and Red Bulls defender Sean Neelis cleared the ball in stoppage time.

    LA Galaxy advanced to the conference semi-finals where they will face LAFC after a 1-0 home win over Nashville at Dignity Health Sports Park.

    The hosts thought they had taken the lead in the 50th minute as they raced ahead in a four-on-two when Ricky Puig gave way to Javier Hernandez to shoot on target, but the goal was disallowed on tryout following a foul by Ronald Araujo in the building. up.

    The pink-haired Araujo, who hit the post with a wayward cross in the 60th minute, made amends by hitting the ball to Samuel Grandseer to the right of the signature.

    The Galaxy could have added one more, but Nashville goaltender Joe Willis made a late pass to Ricky Puig and Kevin Cabral.

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