A Tale Of Two Halves Favors Red Bulls As They Down Rival DC United

Red Bull New York hosted long time rival DC United in what felt like a must-win match on Saturday night. As the hosts have made a habit of, they came through in the clutch in a regular season match. The 2-0 victory sent 20,000+ fans into the picturesque night satisfied with three crucial points.

Referee Sorin Stoica was the star of the first half as he called a tremendous number of fouls, and failed to do so on many other questionable opportunities. Coach Jesse Marsch was the most animated person on the field as he was seen constantly jawing with the fourth official on the sideline. The half lacked any semblance of flow and ended scoreless.

The rather mundane first half gave way to an offensively focused second. Only seconds into it, Alex Muyl deposited a Sacha Kljestan corner kick into the far side of the net. The goal came on Muyl’s third header of the night, and was his first goal of the young season. Though they had the lead, New York didn’t rest on their laurels as they continued to hound United’s net.

The offensive mindset nearly backfired when Jose Ortiz slipped past the Red Bulls’ defense at midfield and appeared to be headed for a one-on-one battle with Luis Robles before Felipe caught him from behind and stole the ball.

In the 62nd minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips locked up the crucial three points for New York with a shot between Bill Hamid’s legs. Charging from midfield, Kljestan fed Felipe who nudged a ball to Wright-Phillips on the right side of the box. The Red Bulls’ all-time leading scorer notched his 72nd career goal with his first touch.

The hosts saw the remainder of the match out without much fanfare. Robles was called upon to make one stellar save, but that was the highlight for the visitors. With the victory, New York improved to 3-2-1 (11 points). They take on Columbus at Red Bull Arena next Saturday.