Five Lessons: Columbus Crew 2-0 New York Red Bulls

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The chance at a promising result in Columbus without team leaders Tim Cahill and Head Coach Mike Petke was already in doubt. A late-game scratch of team captain Thierry Henry made it nearly impossible.

Nevertheless, anyone who watched the match could make the case that New York would be bound to lose with or without their star leaders – especially with the kind of low level effort they put in on the road. They were lifeless, lacking creativity and devoid of answers on their way to a humbling 2-0 loss.

“We are very disappointed,” defender Brandon Barklage noted. “Once again on the road I don’t think we came out with one hundred percent effort.”

The result pushes New York out of the top spot in the Supporter’s Shield Race behind Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC. Philadelphia awaits at Red Bull Arena this week in another crucial playoff battle as New York enters their final 10 games of the season.

Here are some lessons from Ohio:

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