The Crew and Red Bulls fought to a stalemate in the first half as neither side was able to put a shot on goal.
Columbus would have several decent chances coming from an influential Federico Higuain. An early cross field switch would create an open shot for Josh Williams, but he'd put the shot well high.
Moments later Higuain would corral a clearance and tap the ball to Oduro. Oduro's shot would go just high.
The best chance would be created by a very involved Jairo Arrieta. He would split two Red Bull defenders and rip an off balance shot from 20 yards just wide right.
New York would press late in the half and Tim Cahill would get an open look from 15 yards out, but he put his shot high into the south stands.