Jonathan Mensah gave Crew SC (10-7-6) an early lead and snapped a 462-minute road shutout streak with a tap-in after Patrick Mullins latched onto a Pedro Santos free kick and headed back in front of goal.
Mullins doubled the advantage in the 24th minute, racing onto a ball played into space by Harrison Afful before slotting low inside the far post for his first Crew SC goal.
Columbus made it 3-0 in the 31st minute when Sean Davis headed a Santos corner kick into his own goal at the near post.
Chris Armas made a double switch at halftime, bringing on Bradley Wright-Phillips and Kakuand the Red Bulls (13-6-2) rallied to cut their deficit to one on a Mensah own goal and Danny Royer’s sixth of the season.
- 7’ — CLB — Jonathan Mensah
- 24’ — CLB — Patrick Mullins
- 31’ — CLB — Sean Davis (OG)
- 50’ — RBNY — Jonathan Mensah (OG)
- 69’ — RBNY — Danny Royer