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New York Red Bulls host Columbus Crew SC for Saturday night showdown

2015 Records:
NY: 14-9-6; 9-3-2 at home
CLB: 13-10-8; 5-6-4 on the road

All-Time Series: NY is 27-26-9; 15-10-5 at home
2015: Each team has taken a 2-1 win in Columbus

HARRISON, N.J. (Via New York Red Bulls) – The New York Red Bulls are home for the second match in a three-game homestand on Saturday evening when Columbus Crew SC comes to Red Bull Arena. The match will be a battle for first place, as Columbus sits just one point behind New York in the MLS standings entering the weekend.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, with coverage on MSG+. English and Spanish radio will also be provided through www.newyorkredbulls.com.

It will be the final of three regular season meetings this season, and the first at Red Bull Arena. Each side has taken a game at Columbus’ MAPFRE Stadium by a 2-1 score. The Red Bulls took the first meeting in March with goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella. Crew SC took the rematch on July 4, with two goals from Ethan Finlay.

New York enters at 14-9-6 after a loss last Friday to Orlando City, 5-2. New York remains in first place in the Eastern conference, and sits just two points behind LA Galaxy for the top spot in the Supporter’s Shield race.

The loss to Orlando was just the third home loss this season for New York. The Red Bulls have a 9-3-2 record at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls are 27-26-9 all-time against Columbus, including a 15-10-5 mark at home.
Bradley Wright-Phillips continues to lead New York with 14 goals, while Sacha Kljestan has 14 points, four goals and 10 assists, in his last 14 contests. Kljestan had just two goals and one assist in the first 14 matches of the season.

Columbus enters at 13-10-8 after a home loss to Portland last weekend. Crew SC won back-to-back road matches prior to that, in D.C. and Philadelphia. Kei Kemara leads all of MLS with 22 goals this season, while Ethan Finlay leads the team with 13 assists.

After Saturday, the Red Bulls close out the homestand with a Wednesday night match against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff for that match at Red Bull Arena is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.