It was one of those nights for the Red Bulls as midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) reacts after a save by Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — The less said the better about the Red Bulls’ 3-2 home loss to Columbus Crew SC Saturday night.
The hosts found themselves trailing by three goals a little more than a half hour after the opening kickoff and found themselves in too deep a hole of which to climb out at Red Bull Arena.
“Yeah, obviously we had a little wakeup call going into the second half. It’s never ideal to be down three goals and that was very unlike us, you could say,” midfielder Tyler Adams said. “But going into the second half we showed what a good team we are and how we could try to bounce back. Obviously, the complete comeback didn’t come off. We had chances, we definitely could’ve came back, if not win the game.”
Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas turned heads with his Starting XI, essentially deploying no true center forward as he started Bradley Wright-Phillips, who tallied his 100th career MLS goal in the 1-0 win at D.C. United Wednesday, on the bench. BWP came on for center back Aurelien Collin at the half, but could not range the range for goal No. 101.
Former New York City FC forward Patrick Mullins played a role in Crew SC’s first two goals, setting up Jonanthan Mensah in the seven minute before scoring himself for a 2-0 advantage in the 24th minute.
Columbus widened its margin to 3-0 in the 31st minute on an own goal by New York midfielder Sean Davis.
“Man, it was brutal,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “I don’t really have any reasons for it, it’s just we know internally it’s not good enough. We’re not necessarily going to point fingers at anyone or give any excuses, but the standards that we have here are high and that didn’t meet it so at the end of the day it was a big fail by us and we’ll learn from it.”
Five minutes into the second half, Mensah returned the favor for the visitors, scoring an own goal himself to cut the margin to 3-1.
Daniel Royer closed the gap to 3-2 in the 69th minute, but Columbus managed to close out the match and earn a rare three points for a visiting side at RBA.