Columbus humbles lethargic Red Bulls

Columbus humbles lethargic Red Bulls

MLS- Columbus Crew

Columbus humbles lethargic Red Bulls

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So much for there being a tight race for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Columbus Crew easily manhandled a weak-looking New York Red Bulls squad, 2-0, on Saturday night at Crew Stadium as goals from Emilio Renteria and Brian Carroll provided the difference in a match even more lop-sided than the score.

With Thierry Henry in attendance, the Red Bulls showed their newest signing just how badly they need him by delivering one of their worst performances of the season. One devoid of offensive creativity or defensive organization.

The Crew provided a stark contrast, with the veteran squad cruising to an easy victory that extended its lead atop the Eastern Conference to five points. While that margin might not seem insurmountable, the gap in class seemed far greater on Saturday night, a fact made more surprising given the fact Columbus rested three starters. The Red Bulls will be counting on Henry to close that gap, but it's clear that he alone won't be enough to do so.

What did you think of the Crew's win against the Red Bulls? Starting to wonder if New York has enough to put around Henry and a third designated player? Think the Eastern Conference race could still become a real battle?

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