Sporting Kansas City will play in the New York Red Bulls on Thursday in the Eastern Conference knockout round. The club was winless in three matches against New York this season, including a 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls on Sunday.
The realignment is a chain reaction to the league's announcement that Chivas USA will cease operations, effective immediately. The league will reveal Thursday a new MLS club for Los Angeles, which will have a new ownership group and begin play in 2017.
The New York Red Bulls dealt Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 defeat Sunday in front of 19,188 fans at Sporting Park. As a result, Sporting concluded the regular season winless in three meetings with New York — the latest of which dropped Sporting KC into the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced on Monday that Chivas USA will cease operations immediately, and that on Thursday, the league will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group.
Sporting KC will play host to the New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Sporting Park in the MLS regular season finale. The match will determine whether Sporting earns the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs or it falls into the knockout game.