The Columbus Crew bowed out of the MLS playoffs in the most agonizing way possible. Losing on penalty kicks at home. Not only did they blow a 2-1 aggregate lead by allowing a late Conor Casey goal but the elimination came down to the final kick of the regular PK round. After all five Rapids players converted PK's and all four Crew players hit theirs, Brian Carroll stepped up with a chance to move the teams into 1 off eliminations. Carroll skied the kick over the cross-bar and ensured that the last of the Eastern Conference teams was going home.
The "Eastern Conference" final will now feature a goalkeeper match up with some familiar sounding names. Matt Pickens verus Jon Busch.