Even with the emotion of one last historic night at RFK Stadium, D.C. United couldn't close the season on a high note.
Michael Murillo and Gonzalo Veron scored seven minutes apart in the second half, and a New York Red Bulls side minus several of its stars sent D.C. to a 2-1 defeat Sunday before a crowd of 41,418 who came to the final MLS game ever to be played at RFK.
The Red Bulls took the Atlantic Cup back from D.C. in the process as they look toward facing the third-seeded Chicago Fire in the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
Black-and-Red talisman Luciano Acosta was sent off between those goals for kicking out at Alex Muyl, reducing the last-place hosts to 10 men in the late stages against a side that had nothing to play for in terms of playoff seeding.
Paul Arriola scored his first goal for D.C. off Acosta's cross just before halftime, completing a dominant opening 45 minutes that should've resulted in a more comfortable lead.