New York Red Bulls duo Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill combined to open the scoring in Saturday's Eastern Conference Championship second-leg against the New England Revolution, but their side would ultimately come up short on the night.
With the New York Red Bulls going into Saturday's Eastern Conference Championship second-leg at the New England Revolution looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit to make it to the MLS Cup final, head coach Mike Petke needed his strike-pairing of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill to produce the goods.
That's exactly what happened in the 26th-minute, when Henry received a pass on the edge of the box, turned and delivered a lofted ball in to the area for his Australian teammate to make it 1-0 and leave the Red Bulls trailing only on the away goals rule.
The Socceroos star was also wearing a black armband on the night in remembrance of the late cricketer and compatriot Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a match, and showed his respect during the celebration afterwards.
Cahill was in fact only named to the starting line-up after the 2014 season's leading-scorer Bradley Wright Phillips picked up a suspension-triggering booking in the first-leg, allowing the former Everton star the chance to be the hero following a difficult few months in New York.
Forced to sit on the bench due to the impressive play of central midfield duo Dax McCarty and Eric Alexander, his return in and advanced role alongside captain Henry ultimately produced the spark Petke was looking for, but their efforts still weren't enough in the end.
Striker Charlie Davies restored the Revolution's total advantage in the 41st-minute and, while Peggy Luyindula answered back for New York seven minutes after the break, another goal from the ex-US international in the 70th-minute sent the home side through to the final after a 4-3 aggregate win.