MX23RW : Thursday, September 20 01:34:25
Oct 4, 2015 at 12am UK at ​Red Bull Arena
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
2-1
Columbus Crew
Sam (12'), Wright-Phillips (21')
Perrinelle (15'), Robles (78')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Meram (9')
Sauro (79')

Result: Lloyd Sam, Bradley Wright-Phillips goals edge out Columbus Crew

New York Red Bulls edge out Columbus Crew 2-1, courtesy of first-half goals from Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

New York Red Bulls clasped one hand on a MLS Cup place after coming from behind to beat Columbus Crew 2-1 at Red Bull Arena.

Only nine minutes elapsed when Justin Meram opened the scoring for the visitors by firing home from 12 yards in what proved a fast-and-furious start to the contest.

It was all square three minutes later when Lloyd Sam latched on to a Sacha Kljestan's ball to thrash past Steve Clark from inside the area as the Red Bulls found a swift riposte.

Despite being humbled 5-2 by Orlando City last time out, there was little sign of scarring from the hosts, who moved 2-1 ahead when Bradley Wright-Phillips's header beat Clark from close range midway through the half.

Kei Kamara spurned a good chance to level up on the 25-minute mark, but the hosts survived to secure a slender half-time lead.

After the break, Clark pulled off two smart saves in quick succession to keep out Kljestan and Wright-Phillips just before the hour mark as New York hunted a two-goal cushion.

The Crew grew stronger as the half went on and they would have salvaged a point if not for Luis Robles, who pawed away Federico Higuain's fierce volley, but the Red Bulls held on.

Consequently, the hosts, who have four games to play, return to the summit of the Eastern Conference with an eight-point cushion from Montreal Impact in sixth.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta29177559332658
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls29175753322156
3New York City FCNY City29147851381349
4Columbus Crew2912983534145
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia29125124045-541
6Montreal ImpactMontreal29123144146-539
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England28810104143-234
9Toronto2886145055-530
10Chicago Fire2876154152-1127
11Orlando City2873184066-2624

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas28156754342051
2Dallas28148647371050
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles28138755431247
4Real Salt LakeSalt Lake29136104947245
5Seattle SoundersSeattle2713593728944
6Portland TimbersPortland2812884140144
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Houston DynamoHouston2887134743431
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2893164055-1530
11Colorado RapidsColorado2866163153-2224
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2848164257-1520

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