Half Time: Columbus Crew-New York Red Bulls

Columbus Crew 1 New York Red Bulls 0

The goal came just as I was about to write at the 30th minute mark that Columbus had failed to use the flanks – one of their strengths – that playmaker Guillermo Barros Schelotto had barely touched the ball and the Crew had rarely threatened the New York goal.

Schelotto sent a long ball up the right wing, Alejandro Moreno beat Red Bull defender Diego Jimenez and slotted it home at the far post.

Until then, the Red Bulls had the better of the play and more attacking opportunities, with Dane Richards in particular causing consternation in the Crew defense with his runs.

Richards did well just before the goal to find Juan Pablo Angel, who could have taken more time before snapping off a shot.

Still, it was New York that finished the initial 45 minutes without a shot on target; the Crew found the goal mouth, if not the net, four times.

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