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Sean Nealis scores late winner to lift Red Bulls over Columbus Crew

Red Bulls' Sean Nealis, top, and Columbus Crew's

Red Bulls' Sean Nealis, top, and Columbus Crew's Miguel Berry jump for a header during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.  Credit: AP/Jay LaPrete

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Massapequa's Sean Nealis scored in the 87th minute for his first MLS goal since 2019 and the New York Red Bulls beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday night.

RBNY (12-11-7) is unbeaten in eight straight matches, with six wins. The Red Bulls have allowed just three goals over the eight-match run. Columbus (10-13-8) has lost just two of its last seven matches following a run of eight losses in nine games.

Patryk Klimala, who went wide on a penalty kick in the 55th, headed a pass back across the goal and Nealis, a Hofstra graduate, poked it home for the winner. The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the seventh minute, with Cristian Casseres Jr. finding the back of the net off of a corner kick.

The Crew tied it in the 18th minute on Miguel Berry's fifth goal of the season.


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