MatchDay: Red Bulls at Columbus Crew (Saturday, 7:30 PM, MSG)

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THE MATCH

Red Bulls vs. Crew
Saturday, August 10
7:30 PM Eastern
Watch on MSG
Listen on 1050 AM (ESPN Deportes)

MATCH NOTES

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ABOUT THE MATCH

The Red Bulls claimed first place in the Eastern Conference after defeating Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, in a top of the table clash on August 3 at Sporting Park. Jonny Steele put New York ahead in the 27th minute when he took a through ball from Dax McCarty and slid it inside the near post. After Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara answered before the close of the first half, MLS Player of the Week Lloyd Sam assisted on a Fabian Espindola goal in the 63th minute and scored one of his own in the 69th minute. Sam’s tally found its way into the back of the net following a beautiful sequence that began with goalkeeper Luis Robles’ long throw to Steele, who then found the Englishman in Sporting’s defensive end. The Red Bulls sit atop the Eastern Conference with 38 points and a two-point lead over Sporting Kansas City. New York has not dropped a contest since a 2-0 July 4 loss to the Colorado Rapids.

The Crew enters this contest having lost their last three, the most recent coming in a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo on August 3 at BBVA Compass Stadium. After going down two goals in the first half, Houston’s Kofi Sarkodie scored an own goal in the 75th minute that gave Columbus an opening. However they could not capitalize and Houston’s Cam Weaver would score 85th minute to seal the victory. The Crew is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points and a 6-11-5 record.

This is the third and final meeting between the two sides. The last time these two clubs met was back on May 26, when the Red Bulls came from behind to earn a 2-2 tie at Red Bull Arena to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to seven games. After Dominic Oduro gave Columbus the lead two minutes into the match, Thierry Henry evened the score 29 minutes later with a chip over Columbus keeper Andy Gruenebaum. Columbus again took the lead when Red Bull Kosuke Kimura was ruled to have fouled Justin Meram inside the penalty box and Federico Higuain converted the spot kick.
 

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