Red Bulls beat Crew, take top spot in East, Shield race

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls not only took the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but also the Supporters’ Shield race in a dominant 2-1 win over Columbus.

Justin Meram put Columbus up just nine minutes into Saturday’s encounter. However, New York answered with a goal from Lloyd Sam and a winner from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the first half, which proved just enough for the Red Bulls to take three points at home.

Columbus challenged New York early, taking a surprising offensive footing against the home side. Harrison Afful surprised the Red Bulls with a cross into the box finding Justin Meram, whose shot deflected off of Damien Perrinelle and floated over Luis Robles to open the scoring.

Two minutes later, New York’s high pressure system overwhelmed Columbus, allowing Lloyd Sam to bury a Sacha Kljestan feed to tie the match. Mike Grella forced Clark into a kick save, but the ensuing rebound left Kljestan with a clear look at Sam for the finish.

Nearly ten minutes later, a poorly delivered clearance from Crew keeper Steve Clark resulted in a quick counter from the Red Bulls. Lade took advantage of acres of space, lifting a ball from the left to Wright-Phillips who headed home the go ahead goal.

Columbus managed several half chances that failed to threaten Robles. New York, however, nearly made it 3-1 after a pretty sequence in the second that led to an open shot by Wright-Phillips which was stopped by Clark.

The Crew’s best chance came in the 75th minute off of a rocket volley from Higuain, forcing Robles into a diving save. Meram followed that with a strong shot from 35 yards out, but Robles punched the opportunity away.

Despite the loss of Matt Miazga and Kemar Lawrence, the Red Bulls held their defensive shape — and held on for the victory.

New York (15-9-6, 51 pts.) are now atop of the Eastern Conference — and the Supporters’ Shield race. They move on to face the Montreal Impact this Wednesday at Red Bull Arena.

 

  • Bleeker Street

    The NYRB lack a striker who can give the team the depth they need. BWP whilst scored a lovely header, just isn’t a goal threat. He doesn’t make runs, he doesn’t create chances and arguably the Red Bulls could of had a few more if we had a better striker up front.

    They need to bring in a proper 20 a year striker, and not an old marque like Ibrahimovic or any of the other rumoured MLS transfers for the January window. Team is playing well however these wins are lucky and need to be solidified by a better striker than BWP. A poacher doesn’t fit into a high pressure counter system.

    • slowleftarm

      Can’t agree that these wins are lucky or that BWP isn’t a goal threat considering he’s scored over 40 goals the last two seasons. How was last night lucky? Columbus’s goal was actually the lucky one and Robles only had to make one other significant save.

      That said, if they’re willing to spend, certainly they can find better strikers than BWP. There are literally hundreds of them around the world but they’ll cost $.

      • William

        this team willnever win anything I cant see it.

      • William
        • Rui

          Man, you are delusional. Do you forget Cosmos lost to RBNY 4-1 this summer, and yeah the one goal they got was offside.. I’m also a Cosmos fan, but be realistic, Cosmos are on a road to nowhere. MLS is where they need to be. So please stop posting garbage, you sound like a little baby.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hmZ3wK__Ew

          • William

            hey screw off u poser u aren’t a Cosmo fan bunch of bullshit and I aint buying

            • Anonymous

              I was a Cosmos fan before you were born *******. I watched live games on channel 9 *******. You’re pathetic.

              • William

                hey screw your ******* and shove your head up there u pathetic piece of whale ****

    • Anatole Abang is very young and he is already a threat on the field.He just needs more time and experience to learn what to do in certain situations

  • Faline

    Let’s see wat happens in the playoffs since that is all that matters

    • William

      they wont win they never win they are the Rangers of the MLS don’t ya get it guy ?

  • William

    20 years and counting no championships soooooo pathetic for this Metrostars team hahahahahhaha losers !!!!!! bunch of drunks !!!

    • slowleftarm

      The 2013 Supporters Shield is more impressive than anything either this fake Cosmos team or the old one ever achieved.

      • William

        hahaahahahahah supporters shield hahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha want a rally towel to cry me a river ?