Oct 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Red Bull Arena
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
Columbus Crew
Sam (58')
Wright-Phillips (56'), Olave (83'), Armando (89')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Schoenfeld (17', 80'), Finlay (34')
Jimenez (77')

Result: Columbus Crew seal playoff spot with New York Red Bulls win

Columbus Crew qualify for the MLS playoffs after beating New York Red Bulls 3-1 at the Red Bull Arena.

Columbus Crew confirmed their place in the MLS playoffs after beating already-qualified New York Red Bulls 3-1 to end the hosts' nine-game winning streak at the Red Bull Arena.

First-half goals from Aaron Schoenfeld and Ethan Finlay boosted the visitors' chances of securing a top-five finish in the Eastern Conference.

Lloyd Sam reduced the arrears within 15 minutes of the restart, but Schoenfeld secured his brace on 80 minutes to seal the victory and his side's playoff berth.

Gregg Berhalter's side travelled to New Jersey knowing that a point would be enough to grant them a smooth passage into the knockout stages.

However, there were no signs early on that they turned up for the draw as Crew started the clash well and took the lead on 17 minutes when Schoenfeld guided Finlay's cross past Luis Robles.

They had goalkeeper Steve Clark to thank for preserving that lead after the shot-stopper denied Thierry Henry's 25-yard strike shortly before the half-hour mark.

It proved a key save as Finlay doubled Columbus's advantage on 34 minutes, latching on to Tony Tchani's through-ball before firing past Robles for his 11th of the season.

The Red Bulls, who had not dropped points at home since July, gave themselves a route back into the game on 58 minutes when Sam beat Clark at his near post.

It would not prove the foundations of a comeback, however, as Schoenfeld grabbed his second of the night with 10 minutes remaining to seal Crew's top-five finish.

Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain in action on April 6, 2013
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