Pedro Santos scored twice in the second half, leading the Columbus Crew to a rare road win over the New York Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls scored first, but came out flat against the Crew, and paid the price. While committing numbers forward, the Crew picked apart the Red Bulls on the counter, winning 3-2.
The Red Bulls started the match pinned back in their own end. The Crew played long balls forcing the Red Bulls deep to defend. The visitors lashed a number of chances on target, and struck the post in the opening 15 minutes, but it was the home side that struck first. In the 14th minute, Marc Rzatkowski sent in a cross from the right side of the box. Brian White rose up, and got just enough of a touch to direct the ball into the net. It was Whites eighth goal of the season.
The Crew answered a minute later. Another long ball played to Gyasi Zardes forced the defense to lose track of Luis Argudo. Zardes gently nodded a header back to Argudo, and the young winger finished past Luis Robles. It was Argudos first goal for the Crew.
For the remainder of the half, the Red Bulls held advantage in possession, and the Crew created better scoring opportunities. The teams retreated into the tunnel tied at halftime. The Red Bulls looked sluggish in the first half, and struggled in the final third.
The Crew came out of the halftime break with fire in their belly. A quick movement following the kick off saw first goalscorer Argudo break free down the left. Argudo sent a cross in for Santos, and the midfielder finished easily past Robles in the 46th minute.
The Red Bulls earned a penalty kick in the 62nd minute following video review. Argudo grabbed Daniel Royer on a run in the box during a free kick, pulling the midfielder. Play continued but after review, Fotis Bazakos awarded the penalty. Royer stepped up to take the shot from the spot, and leveled the match in the 63rd minute. Royer improved his penalty tally to a perfect eight for eight all-time in MLS.
The Crew pulled ahead in the 85th minute. Zardes beat the backline on a well worked give and go with Luis Diáz. Zardes first fired a shot that Luis Robles saved. The rebound popped out to Pedro Santos, and the midfielder added his second of the half.
The Red Bulls fall to 10-9-4 following the loss. Next up, the Red Bulls face Toronto FC August 3rd at Red Bull Arena.
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