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Mistakes by Columbus Crew SC Lead to Disappointing Defeat to New York Red Bulls

It wasn't Crew SC's night, as they never seemed to be on, but two costly mistakes were the glaring issue.

Two defensive errors aren't the entire story of the New York Red Bulls 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night, but that's how the game will be remembered.

The Black and Gold began the game brightly, creating chances in what started out as an open, free-flowing contest. For some reason though, Columbus wasn't able to continue playing its game throughout the full 90 minutes.

Crew SC was out possessed. The team allowed the Red Bulls to create the better chances. The entire second half played into New York's plans of pressing high with energy.

But the two mistakes will stick out.

The first came just three minutes into the second half. After Federico Higuain gave away possession near midfield, Bradley Wright-Phillips found Lloyd Sam running into the 18-yard box. The winger cut the ball back and was dragged down by center back Emanuel Pogatetz, forcing the center official to award the Red Bulls a penalty kick.

Wright-Phillips, last year's MLS Golden Boot winner, stepped up and fired the shot into the corner, beating goalkeeper Steve Clark, who guessed the right direction from 12 yards out.

Just a minute later, Clark was forced to make a big save, as New York kept pressuring and Sam curled a shot that appeared destined to double the lead.

In the 58th minute, Crew SC forward Kei Kamara received a pass in the 18-yard box. After faking to his right foot, he turned and fired a low, hard left footed effort that forced a low save from Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.

The ensuing corner kick by Higuain went through everyone at the near post and found an open Tony Tchani on the far side. The central midfielder calmly slotted it into the open net to pull the game level at one.

In the 63rd minute, Mike Grella, who had just been substituted into the match, took advantage of another mistake by a Columbus center back.

A bad touch by Michael Parkhurst under pressure allowed Grella to run in on goal. The forward noticed Clark off his line and chipped a shot over him from more than 30 yards out for the 2-1 advantage.

In the 83rd minute, Crew SC was reduced to 10 men when Higuain disagreed with a call by referee Sorin Stoica. After getting an initial yellow card in the first half for a late tackle, Stocia booked Columbus' No. 10 for dissent and sent him for an early shower.

The Black and Gold had one last chance when Tchani sent a cross into the box. Second half striker substitute Aaron Schoenfeld flicked it on inside the six-yard box, but Robles was able to dive and deny the equalizer.

Crew SC falls to 1-2-0 on the season after the loss. The Black and Gold will have another off week before playing two games in four days on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps and the New England Revolution.