New York Red Bulls with the MLS Western Conference on route to the cup final

Central Coast Mariners 3 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, November 15, 2008) Adelaide, nursing a hangover after their Asian Champions League final defeat, were undone by three corners as they looked well below their best.

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Real Salt Lake 0 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS Western Conference Final, November 15, 2008) Dave van den Bergh, who has starred for the Red Bulls all season, scored in the 28th minute to advance New York to the MLS Cup final for the first time in the club’s history.