Crew ride massive first half to 3-2 win over Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls three match winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Columbus Crew SC.

A slow start doomed the team once again, falling behind 3-0 in the first half on the way to a 3-2 loss. It is the Red Bulls second loss at home this season. Chris Armas gambled, resting several starters and going with a five man backline to start the match.

Crew ride massive first half to 3-2 win over Red Bulls

The Crew got on the board first. Following a handball, the Crew cleaned up a loose ball in the box. Jonathan Mensah put his low shot past Luis Robles in the 8th minute. The Red Bulls tripped themselves up in the build up.

A series of errors from Michael Murillo and Aurelien Collin kept the Red Bulls pinned in their own half. Ultimately, Collin handled the ball to give away the free kick opportunity. The Red Bulls paid for their mistake.

The Crew fired in a second goal in the 24th minute. Patrick Mullins finished a well taken counter attack, streaking down the left side and firing across goal past Robles. The Crew moved to three ahead in the 31st minute.

Sean Davis provided an own goal in the 31st minute on a set piece that glanced off his head and looped over Robles. The Red Bulls first half struggles under Armas are well documented, and they shown once again.

Climbing back from a three goal lead was a task the Red Bulls were ready to challenge. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Romero Gamarra came in to the match to start the second half. It took just five minutes for the Red Bulls all-time leading scorer to force the issue. Daniel Royer slid a low cross to Wright-Phillips in front of the goal in the 50th minute. Jonathan Mensah delicately directed it past Zach Steffen for an own goal.

The Red Bulls climbed further back into the match thanks to their playmaker. Tyler Adams won the ball deep in the Crew’s half. He sent a pass to ‘Kaku’ on the right side of the box. ‘Kaku”s floated cross found Daniel Royer at the back post for an easy finish in the 69th minute, pulling the match to within one goal.

The Red Bulls pushed for a third goal, but the Crew kept things tight at the back, snuffing out each chance. Royer and Alex Muyl each had chances to equalize, but they were unable to bury their chances.

The loss drops the Red Bulls to 13-6-2 on the season. Next up, a visit from LAFC and Bob Bradley.

Man of the match

Bradley Wright-Phillips changed the match when he came on in the second half. The Red Bulls found success holding the ball up and pressuring higher up the field.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is the managing editor of RBNN as well as the co-host of the Seeing Red and Raising Bulls podcasts.

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