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Red Bulls Fall to Columbus, 2-0

July 17, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New York Red Bulls News Release

A first-half Gyasi Zardes goal was the catalyst to lead Columbus Crew SC (3-0-1, 10 pts) over the New York Red Bulls (2-1-1, 7 pts), 2-0 on Thursday night at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

New York and FC Cincinnati, who play one another on Wednesday in the final match of Group E play, are tied for second with three points. The Red Bulls currently hold the tiebreaker over Cincinnati for the second spot in goal differential at minus-1 to minus-3.

A New York win or draw against FC Cincinnati on Wednesday will advance the Red Bulls to the Knockout Round of the MLS is Back Tournament.

Following a deep pass sent into the Red Bulls defensive end, Pedro Santos picked up the loose ball and sent a through ball into the box for Zardes. Zardes split the Red Bulls defenders and finished to the far post for the 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

Columbus doubled their lead minutes into the second half as former Red Bulls homegrown Derrick Etienne Jr slipped a pass atop the box to Lucas Zelarayán. Zelarayán took two dribbles to his right and finished to the near post in the 47th minute.

New York failed to register a shot on target, in an MLS match, for the first time since June 23, 2013 in a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia, per Opta

New York is 52-44-23 all-time in the month of July. New York has scored 192 goals in the seventh month of the year and allowed 182.

New York's final Group E match will be against FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN and Red Bulls Radio.

New York Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas

On what Columbus did to keep New York in check tonight

We knew it'd be a difficult game with an improved Columbus team, we knew that they would challenge us with direct play and that's what they did. So this creates a certain rhythm in the game and it becomes more about second balls and the back and forth game. We thought we had a good start to the game that we're playing in there end and we thought there was a certain rhythm and then it changed along the way. What I would say is that our team doesn't quit and we have a lot to play for and there were some of positives that we can find but we'll be disappointed to look back that we give up a couple of goals and in tight games it becomes hard to win when we give away a couple of goals the way we did. So, lots of play for and we will be back in a few days.

On whether keeping the same lineup was the difference while Columbus made some changes to the Starting XI

No, I think the guys were recovered. Five days for the pro players that we have, the fitness levels that we know we have, that factor certainly in my opinion was not the difference tonight. We had a bunch of guys that played in Game One that played limited minutes, so we will look back and I won't second guess that one. I think we let ourselves down in other ways, and Columbus is a good team and we have to understand that in real games, the margins are thin. We'll be better for it, we'll look hard at it and get better as we go

On not taking more advantage at an injured Columbus goalkeeper Eloy Room

Look, you're trying, you're probing, they are dropping deep, you're trying to break down a block and it's not easy. You try to attack with some fresh legs and Columbus did a good job of killing the game off, probably, pushing the limits too far in my opinion. It seemed like a lot of time wasting and all that but regardless, we'll have to figure out how to maximize minutes at the end of the game to be sharper. When you're trying to establish a rhythm it's not so easy on nights like this, with lots of fouls, water breaks, time wasting, guys going down, it's not so easy but that's part of it. We'll have to keep improving in that area and maturing as a team.

On looking ahead to FC Cincinnati

The approach is very much like any normal time and we're early on in the year. Our sharpness, our understanding of exactly how we want to play is going to keep getting better. We come out of this game, we take some positives, we look hard to where we can improve and we throw everything at Cincinnati. If you talk just about the tournament, we're very much alive and we'll be ready for the next game but we know Cincinnati's capable and they have a lot to play for as well with a big win [over Atlanta] and we're excited to prepare for them.

New York Red Bulls Midfielder Sean Davis

On tonight's loss against Columbus Crew SC

It was a disappointing night. I think we didn't have the right energy, we lost our duels and that's the Red Bull way. We didn't meet the demands of the game and, we weren't sharp enough in either box. When you look at that, when you look at our chances, we weren't dangerous enough and unfortunately, they deserve the win tonight and that's something we got to take a hard look at. We got to look in the mirror and really turn things around because we have a big game next week, so we got to take what we can from this game and look forward.

On looking ahead to FC Cincinnati

I think the first thing is we got to take a hard look at this game, understand what went right , what went wrong and be really honest with ourselves, honestly, assess our performance from there. We got to turn the page quickly. We know this is a big game. They're a team that got three points today so they're going to be giving everything in this final game to get a result and go through to the next round. We have to move on quickly, but we do have to take lessons from this game because it wasn't good enough.

On the lack of offensive chances

First of all, I think about the Atlanta game and I think we created some big chances and maybe they weren't the most quantity wise but they were big chances. I think that our finishing could have been sharper but we at least put ourselves in good spots. Tonight, we didn't create enough until late in the game and, so again, that's disappointing. We need to give ourselves a chance to get on the board to put pressure on them from an offensive standpoint and that's something that we're going to have to take a look at. In terms of our physical fitness levels, this is something that every team is on this even playing field and there's no excuses. We know the demands of our style of play, we know that it was going to be hot here. We prepared, in my opinion, as well as we could. When we were back home, we were playing a lot of intra-squad scrimmages, did a lot of fitness and tonight I think it was more mental than anything. I think that one of the biggest lessons that we have to take with some guys coming into the lineup, that haven't played as much, is that it's just a mentality thing from each and every guy in the team. We need every guy to be up for the game, up for the demands to meet the demands and tonight we didn't do that. We have to look at each and every guy and we know we could be much better.

On comparing old Red Bulls formation to the current 4-2-2-2

I think with the formation we're playing now it gives us a lot of advantages when the ball turns over. It gives us a lot of options forward, gets us more numbers in the box but the reality is we have to make the most of those transition moments. We have to understand when to slow down, when to keep the ball, when to go for a big through ball, when to keep it and slow the game down and control the rhythm of the game. I think that's something that we're continuing to work on. Of course, we love to go for it as quick as possible, but at the same time, when you're absorbing a lot of pressure, sometimes we have to be a little bit smarter in controlling the rhythm of the game. I think that's something that we're always trying to work on, but it's in our DNA to play quickly and play fast and I think that the more we can get that balance right, the more dangerous we can be. But it is something that we look at a lot and something that we're always working on.

New York Red Bulls Forward Brian White

On getting back from injury to the field

It's good to get back out there, especially after the long pandemic break and I unfortunately got a knock in one of the scrimmages. I just wasn't able to play in the first game but it was good to get out there and to get 45 minutes. Ultimately, it just wasn't good enough for me to come off the bench, I needed bring another energy, put pressure on the defense and I just didn't do that. They're have good center backs. We just didn't do enough to create chances and I just have to look at that and at the film and come back for the next game.

New York Red Bulls 0, Columbus Crew SC 2

2020 MLS is Back Tournament | Group E Game 2

Thursday - 10:30 p.m. ET

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex | Orlando, Fla.

Box Score:

Scoring Summary:

CLB - Gyasi Zardes 3 (Santos, Cadden) 22'

CLB - Lucas Zelarayán 2 (Etienne Jr) 47'

Misconduct Summary:

NY - Amro Tarek (yellow, unsporting behavior) 61'

CLB - Eloy Room (yellow, time wasting) 89'

CLB - Youness Mohktar (yellow, unsporting behavior) 90'+2'

NY - Kyle Duncan (yellow, unsporting behavior) 90'+3'

New York Red Bulls: David Jensen; Jason Pendant, Aaron Long, Amro Tarek, Kyle Duncan, Cristian Cásseres, Jr. (Marc Rzatkowski, HT), Sean Davis ©, Kaku (Omir Fernandez, 67'), Florian Valot (Alex Muyl, 67'), Daniel Royer, Tom Barlow (Brian White, HT)

Unused Subs: Patrick Seagrist, Sean Nealis, Ryan Meara, Mandela Egbo, Kendall McIntosh, Chris Lema, Tim Parker, Jared Stroud


Columbus Crew SC: Eloy Room, Chris Cadden, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah ©, Hector Jimenez, Darlington Nagbe (Aidan Morris, 67'), Pedro Santos (Luis Díaz, 67'), Lucas Zelarayán (Younes Mokhtar, 57'), Sebastian Berhalter (Artur, 57'), Derrick Etienne Jr., Gyasi Zardes


Unused Subs: Fandendo Adi, Andrew Tarbell, Milton Valenzuela, Harrison Afful, Miguel Berry, Matt Lampson, Aboubacar Keita, Axel Sjoberg

Referee: Ramy Touchan

Assistant Referees: Chris Wattam, Claudiu Badea

4th Official: Ismail Elfath

VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.

Attendance: Closed-door match

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