Brian White got the hosts on the board early, rising highest in a crowd to head home his eighth goal of the season. But the Crew struck back before the celebratory smoke had even cleared, as Queens native Luis Argudo ran on to a canny backwards header from Gyasi Zardes and blasted the equalizer past Luis Robles less than a minute later.
Columbus stunned the home crowd by seizing the lead in the opening minute of the second half, Santos firing into the roof of Robles' net at the near post after another quick counterattack not unlike the one that set up their first goal.
RBNY hauled themselves level with the help of a Video Review decision that caught Argudo's tug on Daniel Royer as he leaped to head a corner kick, and Royer stepped up to rifle the penalty kick past Eloy Room, just the second spot kick of the year in league play for the Red Bulls.
But Santos wreaked havoc yet again six minutes from full time, ghosting into the RBNY box to coolly finish the rebound after Robles saved an angled Zardes effort, snatching all three points for the suddenly revitalized Crew, who are now unbeaten in three after a five-game losing skid.
- 15' – RBNY – Brian White
- 16' – CLB – Luis Argudo
- 46' – CLB – Pedro Santos
- 63' – RBNY – Daniel Royer (PK)
- 84' – CLB – Pedro Santos
- Saturday, Aug. 3 vs Toronto FC (6 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; TSN4 in Canada)