Kei Kamara scored his 25th goal of the season in all competition in 85th to help Columbus Crew to victory over New York Red Bull on Sunday night at their Mapfre stadium in the first leg of their Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship.
Justin Meram got the opening goal for the Black and Gold as early as 10 seconds into the much talked about playoff encounter.
Thanks to the fastest goal in Audi MLS Cup Playoffs history, after Kei Kamara’s flicked for Ethan Finley whose pass met Meram to volley home.
Gregg Berhalter’s side never looked under threat and were very comfortable from the start.
The Crew continues to threaten their visitors when Kei Kamara forcing a save from Robles in the 10th minutes.
New York Red Bulls Dax McCarty almost gets the equalised but thanks to a brilliant save from the Crews man in goal.
Their best chance was in the 35th minute when Sacha Kljestan cross for Bradley but the sticker shot was wide off target.
In the second half, Red Bulls pushed but was unable to get back into the game – a crucial return fixture in New Jersey.
The second leg is slated for November 29 in Harrison, New Jersey.
Elsewhere, Portland Timbers pick up a massive 3-1 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday at Providence Park.