Red Bulls Drop 3 Points At Home Vs. Columbus

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New York's Kaku reacts following a Columbus goal. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

The New York Red Bulls missed a chance to move up the Eastern Conference standings, losing to the struggling Columbus Crew 3-2 at Red Bull Arena Saturday night.

With only six points separating the seven East teams currently sitting in playoff positions, getting three-point at home was vital.

“We are disappointed with losing at home and probably the most disappointing thing is that we had an opportunity to make progress and inch closer to first place,” said Chris Armas, Red Bulls head coach.

A point of concern for New York once again was the defensive effort. For the fifth time over the past eight games, the Red Bulls conceded three or more goals. 

“We are not happy with giving up goals like this,” Armas said.

Despite the disappointing result, the night started positively for New York. Brian White opened the scoring in 15th minute as Marc Rzatkowski served a pass inside the box for White. With two Crew players on his back, White flicked the pass with his head to the near post for his eighth of the season.

But the lead will last only a minute as Luis Argudo would beat Luis Robles and tie the match in the 16th minute.

Coming out of the locker room tied at 1, Columbus would immediately jump on the Red Bulls and grab the lead. Argudo this time was the provider for Pedro Santos who gave the visitors its first lead of the match.  

Video review would come into play and prove beneficial to New York. Following a review, the Red Bulls were awarded a penalty and Daniel Royer scored his eighth of the season in the 63rd minute to level the match at two.

While the goal seemed to give New York a boost, they were unable to find a third goal.

In the 84th minute, following a save by Robles, Santos was able to secure a loose ball and score his second of the match, which would prove to be the game-winner for Columbus.

Up next for New York is Toronto FC, which will make the trip south to Red Bull Arena for its August 3 match up. Kick-off is 6 p.m. The two teams most recently met on July 17 when Toronto topped the Red Bulls 3-1 at BMO Field.