Adam makes a great point, but the greater point lies a bit deeper.
Kansas City wasn’t just unified on the defensive end; they were on the same page throughout. Their physicality and pesky nature gave them a vital mental edge against New York. Each player had a defined role on either side of the ball. They played their assignments well, executed their game plan, exposed the Red Bulls early goal weaknesses and held New York to three shots on goal.
Credit Sporting; they did their homework.