COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Red Bulls’ late-season swoon continued Saturday night as they lost at Columbus Crew, 3-2, at MAPFRE Stadium.

Federico Higuain set up up all three goals as the Red Bulls failed to record a victory in their seventh consecutive game in all competitions.

They are 0-3-4 during that span, which includes a 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup final Wednesday.

Clinging to the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls (42 points) fell 12-11-6, 42 points) need a win in the worst way with the seventh-place Montreal Impact (11-12-6, 39) within striking range. Fifth-place Columbus (14-12-5, 47) has only three games remaining in the regular season.

Jonathan Mensah tallied his second goal of the season six minutes into the match when he headed a Higuain free kick past goalkeeper Luis Robles for a 1-0 advantage.

New York striker Bradley Wright-Phillips equalized in the 14th minute. Sean Davis forced a turnover in the Crew’s defensive third and the midfielder slid a pass to Wright-Phillips, who turned and slotted a low shot inside the far post for his 16th goal.

In the 54th minute, Justin Meram raced onto a Higuain pass, cut inside of Fidel Escobar and fired inside the far post from 16 yards out to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

After Josh Williams flicked in a Higuain corner kick at the near post to double Columbus’ lead to 3-1 in the 67th minute, second-half substitute Gonzalo Veron converted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute following Video Review for what proved to be the final score.

 

Scoring Summary: 
CLB – Jonathan Mensah 2 (Federico Higuain) 6′
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 16 (Sean Davis) 14′
CLB – Justin Meram 12 (Federico Higuain) 55′
CLB – Josh Williams 1 (Federico Higuain) 67′
NY – Gonzalo Veron 3 (PK) 72′
Misconduct Summary:
NY – Kemar Lawrence (caution, foul) 41′
CLB –  Hector Jimenez (caution foul) 42′
CLB – Federico Higuain (caution, dissent) 71′
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (caution, foul) 73′
NY – Muhamed Keita (caution, foul) 86′
CLB – Jukka Raitala (caution, time wasting) 90′
CLB – Pedro Santos (caution, foul) 90’+2′
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Kemar Lawrence, Michael Amir Murillo (Connor Lade, HT), Aaron Long (Muhamed Keita, 68′), Fidel Escobar, Damien Perrinelle, Tyler Adams, Felipe, Sacha Kljestan © (Gonzalo Veron, 59′), Sean Davis, Bradley Wright-Phillips
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Harrison Afful, Hector Jimenez, Mohamed Abu, Federico Higuain, Wil Trapp ©, Justin Meram, Pedro Santos, Ola Kamara
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 7; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 3
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
 
Attendance: 20,008