The New York Red Bulls would grab a late winner to snap the Crew's 12 game home unbeaten streak as they pulled out a 1-0 win. Neither team looked impressive on offense and ultimately it was a Tim Cahill header off a scrum in the box that would decide it.
Both sides struggled in the first half as neither team was able to get a shot on target. There were several partial chances, the best coming from the outstanding individual effort of Jairo Arrieta in the 34th minute. He split two defenders and put a 20 yard shot just wide right.
Federico Higuain serve up a few chances throughout the half as well. His field switching pass to Josh Williams gave the defender an open shot that he put high. He'd again be involved as he took a clearance at the top of the 18 yard box and tapped it to Oduro. Oduro would miss just inches high.
After a half of partial and off target chances, Jairo Arrieta would get the first one in the 50th minute with a blast that Luis Robles parried. Higuain would follow up with one three minutes later that was saved again.
The Crew would get a sterling chance in the 70th minute as Brandon Barklage hauled down Eddie Gaven for a penalty. Higuain stepped up and stuttered in his run-up. It didn't phase Robles who parried the shot away.
The Red Bulls would improve after the penalty save. They found more space and attacked, creating several chances as the second half wound down. Tim Cahill would initially put the ball in the back of the net, but a foul nullified the attempt in the 79th minute.
The Red Bulls would break through a minute later with a Tim Cahill goal. New York would get numbers into the box and the ball fell to Jonny Steele on the left side of the box. His shot would be parried by Andy Gruenebaum, but the rebound bounced high toward the penalty spot and Cahill rose above to nod it home.
The Crew would press for an equalizer, but the only chance would be a stoppage time tapped shot by Arrieta that Robles quickly scooped up.
The Crew fall to 3-3-3 on the year with 12 points. Their home record is a subpar 1-1-2. They do face Colorado at home next Satuday at 7:30 with a chance to get back to winning ways and climb back up the Eastern Conference standings.