In a way, it’s a fitting warmup as the team looks to take on maybe the most physical team in the league in the New York Red Bulls. While it’s a team that has been a challenge for the Five Stripes in the past, the squad is motivated to prove there is plenty left to earn this season.
“It’s important [to make it this far], but that’s not our goal,” Guzan said. “Our goal is to win the MLS Cup, and this is one step along that way. It’s good. It feels good and everyone has a good feeling and spirit in the locker room, but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure we get down to work and get ready for the next series.”
And whatever challenge may come, rest assured the team will be up and ready for what’s next.
“It’s completely different,” Greg Garza told reporters after the match. “You’re playing the six best teams from each conference, so very intense games. It’s a different tournament, and we have to be prepared for every step that we take. The next two games will be the most important games this club has ever taken part of.”
The first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals kicks off at 5 p.m. EST on November 25th from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Make sure you’re there to cheer on the squad in their hunt for postseason glory by reserving your tickets here.