Not in our house, the New York Red Bulls told the Eastern Conference leaders, Columbus Crew SC on Saturday. First-half goals by Alex Muyl and Daniel Royer helped the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over Columbus that extended their unbeaten streak at Red Bull Arena to four games this season and 18 games overall.
Muyl, the 21-year-old, second-year player, scored for the second game in a row, and Royer blasted home his second goal of the season from the spot after Bradley Wright-Phillips was taken down in the box by Columbus defender Alex Crognale, who was injured on the play and substituted out. Crognale was the second Crew SC player forced to leave the game because of an injury. Midfielder Artur suffered a left arm injury in the opening seconds of the game and was subbed off in the sixth minute.
- THIS IS OUR HOUSE: It's been over a year since the Red Bulls last lost at home. They haven't suffered defeat at Red Bull Arena since falling, 2-0, to Sporting Kansas City on April 9, 2016. They are unbeaten in their last 18 games in Harrison, N.J. and this season are 3-0-1 without surrendering a single goal against.
- INJURY TIME: Soccer fans of a certain age remember when it used to be called "injury time,'' before it became "stoppage time,'' and later, "added-on time,'' or "time added on.'' And in the first half, it really was injury time. Artur went down in the first minute and was finally subbed off in the sixth minute, and Alex Crognale went down in the 35th minute and was subbed off in the 39th. That's a total of nine minutes where play was stopped for a downed player. Referee Jorge Gonzalez added five minutes to the first half.
- A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY? When the Red Bulls made their first substitution, in the 66th minute, the fourth official originally put up No. 77 - Daniel Royer - as the player coming off. But Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was quickly up off the bench to tell the official that it was the other goalscorer, Alex Muyl, that he actually wanted to take off, and the correction was made.