It’s not mission impossible, but the New York Red Bulls return home with some work to do if they hope to host the MLS Cup Finals.
On Sunday, the Red Bulls fell to Columbus Crew 2-0 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. The Crew’s Justin Meram set an MLS record by scoring just nine seconds into the game. Kei Kamara added a tap-in goal in the 85th minute.
New York is now 14-22-8 all-time in the postseason, including 0-4-0 against Columbus. The match also marked the first time in 26 matches that the Red Bulls have been shut out, including MLS regular season and playoffs.
Leg 2 is set for November 29, 7:30 p.m., at Red Bull Arena with coverage on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
New York head coach Jesse Marsch felt that after allowing the early goal his club’s response was “pretty good.”
“Then, obviously, to give up a goal late, really, now we’ve dug ourselves a hole,” he said. “But, credit to Columbus for the first second to be on top of the game like that and gain a little bit of a lead. Credit to them for protecting their home field and getting a 2-0 lead. We’re at halftime and we know there’s still a lot to play for.”