The Red Bulls were ready to cap off a three match swing that saw them beat the New England Revolution late in the second half, an early historic goal and a defensive battle in DC. But sadly they dug themselves a hole and just barely couldn’t get out of.
The Columbus Crew came to Red Bull Arena and scored three first half goals to just take the full three points home and make it a three goals to two victory on a Red Bulls comeback that just fell short.
The opening goal from the Crew came in the 7th minute when Jonathan Mensah found himself wide open on the rebound and burying the ball inside the near post. Pedro Santos took the free kick from the far side and found Patrick Mullins who headed back to Mensah.
Then in the 24th minute Patrick Mullins who is always known as a RBNY killer demonstrated it once again. Harrison Afful played a brilliant ball towards Mullins and off to the races he went as he beats Aurelien Collin attacking the Red Bull net.
When Mullins got inside the Red Bulls area with Tim Parker going towards the net he took advantage of an angle and beat Robles to the back post. But sadly the third goal was friendly fire.
Seven minutes later the Crew earn a corner along the near side and when Pedro Santos delivers it towards goal, Sean Davis tried to deflect the ball away, but sadly he deflected it past Robles and inside the far post for a three goal lead.
“Man it was brutal. I don’t have any reasons for it, we know internally it’s not good enough. We are not necessarily going to point fingers at anyone or give any excuses, standards over here are high. It didn’t meet it, so at the end of the day it was a big fail by us and we will learn from it.” Said Luis Robles.
But once the halftime whistle blew Chris Amas knew right away he needed to rally the troops and get ready for some substitutions in the second half. That’s where Bradley Wright-Phillips & Kaku came in right away.
Five minutes into the restart of the match it was Daniel Royer who came in and started a play along the near side. When he saw BWP all alone he whipped in a low cross, but as Wright-Phillips was able to cause a little confusion, it was Mensah that buried the ball against his side for an own goal.
Royer was able to pull a second one back when he got great service in the 69th minute. Tyler Adams found a way to win the ball and gave a short pass to Kaku, then a big cross towards the head of Daniel Royer and he converts his chance to continue the come back.
But sadly with the 20 minutes remaining in regulation along with four minutes of stoppage time, the Columbus Crew took the full three points and went home edging the Red Bulls by a final of three goals to two.
“We looked closely at Columbus the last few weeks and the last time we played them, a typical 4-2-3-1 and their system and style challenged us on that day and we thought we got exposed at their place that way.” said Chris Armas.
“And we made some changes in the second half and went to a 5-1-3-1. That's the formation we started with tonight. Tonight was opposite But if your late to plays they can pick you apart. Then in the second half we changed things up and worked well, but fell short.”
So at the end of the day, the Red Bulls are aware that this effort wasn’t good enough and with a few days off they will try to rectify this issue at the training grounds as Bob Bradley and Los Angeles FC will come to town for the very first time.