MX23RW : Sunday, September 23 18:41:19
Nov 22, 2015 at 10pm UK at ​Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus Crew
2-0
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
Meram (1'), Kamara (85')
Wahl (46')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Record-breaking Justin Meram guides Columbus Crew to first-leg advantage

Justin Meram scores the quickest goal in playoff history as Columbus Crew beat New York Red Bulls 2-0 in Ohio to place one foot in the MLS Cup.

Justin Meram scored the quickest goal in MLS playoff history after his strike within nine seconds set Columbus Crew up for a 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls in the first leg of their Eastern Conference final.

Straight from kickoff at the Mapfre Stadium in Ohio, Meram volleyed past Luis Robles from inside the area after a long ball into their box caused mayhem for the Red Bulls' defence.

The visitors sought a swift riposte, but it took 26 minutes for them to threaten, with Matt Miazga seeing a close-range header kept out by Steve Clark.

At the other end, Meram threatened again just before the break, but his curling effort from a difficult angle was tipped away by Robles.

New York came within inches of restoring parity early in the second period when Mike Grella headed a Sal Zizzo cross against the woodwork on 55 minutes.

Grella and Sacha Kljestan went close again shortly after the hour mark, before Kei Kamara doubled the hosts' advantage with five minutes to play by smashing home from close range.

Victory helped the Crew place one foot in the MLS Cup, where they could face Portland Timbers or FC Dallas if they safely negotiate the second leg next Sunday.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30196565362963
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30185755322359
3New York City FCNY City30148852391350
4Columbus Crew3013893938147
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia30135124145-444
6Montreal ImpactMontreal30124144247-540
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England29811104345-235
9Toronto2986155057-730
10Chicago Fire2977154354-1128
11Orlando City2974184066-2625

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas28156754342051
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles29148757431450
3Dallas28148647371050
4Portland TimbersPortland3013894444047
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake30136114949045
6Seattle SoundersSeattle28135103729844
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Houston DynamoHouston3089134743433
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd29103164255-1333
11Colorado RapidsColorado2967163254-2225
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3048184563-1820

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