The New York Red Bulls ended their five-year wait for a trophy with a dominating display against Chicago Fire.
The Red Bulls put five past a Chicago fire team that needed a draw or a win to remain in play-off contention.
Mike Petke named the same starting line-up that won at the Dynamo a week before but were shocked early on when Chicago's Mike Magee slotted home from close range.
The response from Red Bulls was one that the fans were expecting with captain Thierry Henry winding back the years and smashing home a wonderful half volley off the top of the cross bar.
Henry's goal was the catalyst for a handful of goals after half-time as a goal line scramble from a Henry free-kick allowed Ibrahim Sekagya the chance to pounce from four yards out and put the Red Bulls 2-1 up and ahead for the first time in the game.
Lloyd Sam then put the Red Bulls 3-1 up after a break lead by the impressive Peguy Luyindula allowed the Englishman the chance to come in on his weaker right foot and bend one majestically into the far corner.
Eric Alexander fresh off the bench then got in on the act with Luyindula again pinning a beautiful pass to Alexander's feet allowing the American to smash in a shot across goal burying it into the far corner.
Jonny Steele finished the Red Bulls onslaught slotting home a pin-point Henry cross with the stadium erupting in delight. Quincy Amarikwa scored a consolation but there was no chance for the now inspired Red Bulls.
Tim Cahill and Henry were subbed off to standing ovations before the scenes of celebrations begun with the Red Bulls winning their first trophy for the first time in 18 years and securing a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Red Bulls now face the challenge of the MLS with Red Bull Arena set to host the final if the Red Bulls make it to that stage, the fans though are now full of faith thanks to one man in particular, Petke.
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