The Red Bulls continue their homestand today, taking on defending MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew in the second match of the Richie Williams era.  Columbus is making a quick turnaround after dropping a 5-0 decision to Cruz Azul in Mexico on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play.  Last season, the Red Bulls were the only team to post a winning record against the Crew in MLS play, going 2-1-0 in regular season meetings.  The last time these two teams met at Giants Stadium, New York recorded a 3-1 win, including the memorable strike from Danny Cepero.  Lineups to be posted soon.

PRE-GAME: Here is the Columbus Crew starting lineup:





Bench: Hesmer, Rentaria, Iro, O’Rourke, Moreno, Rogers, Schelotto

PRE-GAME: Here is the Red Bulls’ starting lineup:







BENCH- Cepero, Zimmerman, Oebster, Sassano, Hall, Krupnik, Kandji

NOTES: Kevin Goldthwaite sits out this match with a red card suspension, but he underwent successful surgery late last week and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks regardless. Mike Petke takes his spot in the lineup as he returns from a one match suspension due to caution accumulation.

Several starters out for Columbus, including both of their strikers as well as Rogers and Hesmer.

Albert Celades is out with left calf strain.

Angel is just one goal away from breaking Clint Mathis’ club record for career goals in all competitions. The two players are knotted at 45 entering today’s match. Last week, Angel’s brace moved him ahead of Giovanni Savarese’s club record for regular season goals scored.

Instead of the flat 4-4-2 the team employed last week, the Red Bulls take the field in a diamond 4-4-2 for this matchup.

New York is 7-0-3 in its last 10 meetings with Columbus at Giants Stadium, including two wins last season.

Before the match, the FDNY Bravest Soccer Club defeated the FDNY Finest Soccer Club, 3-0, to win the first Mayor’s Cup match.

RBR will be tweeting the match at


1′ And we’re off…

4′ Columbus is looking to exploit the left side of the Red Bull defense, but the back line has held strong thusfar.

6′ Lenhart throws down a newly coiffed Danleigh Borman for a foul.

10′ Rojas sends in a cross that justs misses several players.

14′ New York is stringing passes together but is finding it difficult to negotiate the Crew defense.

17′ Garey wiffs on a bouncing through ball.

19′ Padula comes across and blocks an Angel attempt from inside the area after a scramble 20 yards out.

25′ Borman clears a Marshall shot off the line, and Garey’s rebound goes over the top.  A near miss for Columbus.

30′ Angel with a pretty through ball to Rojas, but he can’t get a shot off.

32′ Angel heads a Johnson cross just wide, but is offsides anyway.

37′ Ekpo with a yellow for contact with Borman.

42′ NY is trying to use some over the top balls for Richards to run onto, but they are just out of reach.

45′ 1 minute of stoppage.

45+’ Yellow to Borman.


HALFTIME: No changes for either team.

46′ And we’re back…

49′ Lenhart nods one over from in the middle of the area.

52′ Richards takes a shot that is almost deflected in but it goes just over.

53′ Yellow to Sinisa. That was nearly a red as he was the last man on a near-breakaway.

56′ Coundoul is down after coming off his line to break up a cross.

56′ Marshall is also down.

57′ Both players seem to be ok.

59′ NY sub: Kandji for Rojas.

60′ Wolyniec puts one off the post off a Kandji through ball.

61′ Richards and Padula have a collision at midfield that leaves both players down.

63′ GOAL NY!! Richards breaks in alone and slides one past Gruenbebaum after deking Carrol.  Hejduk gets a yellow for trying to stop the breakaway.

67′ Boyens clears one away on an open net.

69′ CLB sub: Rogers for Moffat.

72′ CLB sub #2: Moreno for Garey.

72′ Yellow to Johnson.

73′ The Crew making offensive subs, bringing in their normal starters to push for the equalizer.

78′ Brunner puts one wide off an Ekpo restart.

80′ NY sub #2: Sassano for Sinisa.

82′ Moreno nods on an Ekpo restart, but Coundoul is there to snare it.

83′ Yellow to Brunner.

86′ Ekpo draw a foul about 36 yards from net. Dangerous free kick coming up.

87′ Well defender by NY.

88′ CLB sub #3: Schelotto for Hejduk

90′ 4 minutes of stoppage.

FULL TIME: 1-0 NY.  2-0-0 under Williams as the team improves to 8-0-3 vs. Columbus at Giants Stadium in their last 11 meetings.



  1. Alle Says:

    I was there when Cepero scored, I’ll never forget that!


  2. redbulls4ever Says:

    Congratulations to Coach Williams. Good job guys………………

  3. X man Says:

    Great game guys! good team work!!!

  4. lou Says:

    Great job coach williams.

  5. jason Says:

    nice job still like zimmerman more than richards though

  6. jason Says:

    nice job still like zimmerman more than richards though .

  7. lou Says:

    yeah i would really like to see what zimmerman can do under this new coach. I mean ricahrds was god awful with osorio as coach, and now with williams he is pretty average. So if zimmerman was average or maybe slightly over that, than i wonder how good he could be.

  8. gb Says:

    Very well done!

  9. Cindy Says:

    i’m glad to see Richards play more to his potential and Andrew Boyens was bananas today, i mean who knew? good work Coach Williams!! i’m glad to see a fire has been lit under these guys!

  10. gigi Says:

    its a miracle what a consistant lineup and knowing when to make subs can do. Good job by richie and the red bulls today.

  11. harry Says:

    Now this is what we the Redbull fans like to indulge. Coach Williams how proud I was being there cheering on our team of this beautiful game. GO NEW YORK REDBULLS.

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  13. jess Says:

    richie williams seems like not only a good coach, but a great guy off the field too.
    he has a good perspective on the game, and actually makes sense in interviews, something that JCO did not!

    i like that richie williams said the players will not be allowed to relax by the coaching staff, or think they are world-beaters just because the NYRB have won 2 games in a row. he still wants more work. i like that attitude.

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