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 UnitedAtlanta1281326121425
2Columbus Crew137331810824
3New York City FCNY City127322316724
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls1070326111521
5Orlando City116142118319
6New England RevolutionNew England115241815317
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia114251215-314
8Chicago Fire113261520-511
9Toronto103161419-510
10Montreal ImpactMontreal123091225-139
11DC United92251317-48

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas1273220101024
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles116232318520
3Dallas104511611517
4Portland TimbersPortland105231611517
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver134451423-916
6Houston DynamoHouston104332317615
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy114161519-413
8Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd124171221-913
9Real Salt LakeSalt Lake114161425-1113
10San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes112361822-49
11Seattle SoundersSeattle9225711-48
12Colorado RapidsColorado102261015-58

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