Joel Lindpere scored in the 61st minute and Thierry Henry added a stoppage-time goal to give the New York Red Bulls a 2-0 victory over Dallas on Wednesday to open the Major League Soccer playoffs.
The victory puts New York into a Western Conference semi-final against regular-season champion Los Angeles, matching the league's best-known players in Galaxy's English midfielder David Beckham and Frenchman Henry.
New York will play host to the Galaxy on Sunday with the second leg of the series at Los Angeles on 3 November.
The Red Bulls played with a man down after Jan Gunnar Solli received a red card in the 79th minute but were equal to the challenge, goalkeeper Frank Rost making eight saves for the shutout.
Henry, who was third in MLS regular-season scoring charts with 14 goals, scored on a breakaway in the sixth minute of extra time to complete the victory only seconds before the final whistle.
Dallas were a man down at that stage as defender Zach Lloyd was hurt and carried off on a stretcher after the hosts had used up their substitutions.