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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 UnitedAtlanta21125443202341
2New York City FCNY City20124438241440
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls18112537181935
4Columbus Crew218672425-130
5New England RevolutionNew England197753228428
6Montreal ImpactMontreal2190122433-927
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia197392530-524
8Chicago Fire2165103341-823
9Orlando City1971112742-1522
10Toronto1944113038-816
11DC United153572630-414

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dallas19115331211038
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles18104441281334
3Sporting Kansas CityKansas209653324933
4Portland TimbersPortland168532618829
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake209292937-829
6Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy198473430428
7Houston DynamoHouston1875636261026
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver207582739-1226
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd1971112437-1322
10Seattle SoundersSeattle174491522-716
11Colorado RapidsColorado1944112130-916
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1926112939-1012

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