New York applied wave of pressure after wave of pressure, Fabian Espindola hit the bar twice, but Bill Hamid was absolutely tremendous in goal to prevent the Red Bulls from getting on the board.
New York goes to 0-1-2 to start the season, D.C. holds strong to go to 1-1-1. All eyes will be on the replays of that stoppage-time chance in which Hamid barely kept a ball out of his own net. These two rivals will meet two more times this season, and the tone has been set for this season's edition of the Atlantic Cup.
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Substitution Thierry Henry Armando Moreno
And there's the final whistle! 0-0 final. Somehow.
WOW. Off Juninho's corner kick, James Riley nearly puts one in his own net for the second time in three games, but Hamid managed to swat it before it crossed the line. Apparently. Hard to tell, and surely another call for goal-line technology is in the offing. Looked extremely close.
HOW DID THAT STAY OUT?? NO GOAL!
Substitution Eric Alexander Connor Lade
And Henry re-enters the field as we approach stoppage time, right after Connor Lade checked in for Eric Alexander.
Substitution Connor Lade Eric Alexander
The good news for Henry is that he is walking off on his own power and jogging on the sideline. Looks to be fine as disaster is averted.
Henry down on the field as play gets halted. Holding his left knee. Red Bull nation holds its collective breath
Loose ball in the box for a moment, but neither Henry nor Cahill could get a clean head to it, and Hamid collects the bouncing ball in front of his goal
Approaching the 88th minute, the same time Nick DeLeon scored his series-clinching goal in Red Bull Arena last November
Sanchez tries to play Ruiz through into the NY box, but Robles reads it well and collects before El Pescadito can latch onto it. Time running out on this one. Is there a late winner for either side in the works?
Tempers starting to flare as Espindola and Jakovic lock arms, with the D.C. defender whistled for the foul. Espindola didn't take too kind to the act, but his cooler head prevailed, and it's a good thing it did. He's sitting on a yellow card.
Kitchen pushes forward with weary legs, and his layoff pass for Pontius is just underhit, allowing New York to recover on the counter. Things opening up on both sides now.
Yellow Card Juninho
Nothing comes of the set piece, as D.C. plays it short and loses possession by the left side of the New York box as Olave takes it off DeLeon's foot.
Yellow Card Juninho
Juninho sees yellow for bumping Saragosa off the ball just over the midfield line. If anything, it gives D.C. a chance to settle things down and set up for a set piece.
Substitution Dwayne De Rosario M. Sánchez
Substitution M. Sánchez Dwayne De Rosario
D.C. finally manages to string a series of passes together, but the club looks absolutely gassed in the attacking half, and De Rosario steps off the field after his first 75 minutes of the season. Marcos Sanchez replaces him.
HENRY has a chance blocked by McDonald with Hamid creeping off his line. Another close call, but another one with no end result for the Red Bulls.
Carlos Ruiz enters off the bench for Pajoy, looking to be that missing piece at the end of D.C.'s counterattack. The way things are unfolding, that's going to be D.C.'s best chance to score. No semblance of possession or assertion on the ball.
Substitution L. Pajoy C. Ruíz
Substitution Jonathan Steele Juninho
Barklage's cross to Alexander resulted in a header on frame, but Korb blocked its path.
Juninho enters the match for Steele, who was tremendous on the left in creating for the attack but has no goals or assists to show for it. And right after Juninho steps onto the field, Korb steps up with a huge goalline clearance. Desperation defending as New York inches closer and closer to that opening goal.
What an absolutely stone-cold play by Hamid, as Cahill was played into a perfect position by Steele off his late run to the far post, but Hamid read it the entire way.
SAVE HAMID!!! ROBS CAHILL OF A ONE-TIMER ON THE DOORSTEP!!
Jakovic's header to prevent a long ball from reaching Henry took a perfect hop for Alexander to have a go, and his volley did not miss the net by much. What a goal that would have been.
ALEXANDER JUST MISSES on an audacious attempt from distance!
Yellow Card Fabian Espindola
Espindola sees yellow for a challenge on Saragosa after the Brazilian midfielder stripped him of the ball.
Can't imagine this game ending scoreless, especially given the amount of quality chances New York is creating, but after more than an hour, D.C. has managed to keep the hosts off the board. Henry looks as hungry as he has all season.
SAVE ROBLES! Robs Pontius of a close-range shot by coming off his line to cut down the angle. Well done by the Red Bulls keeper, after Pontius had taken a nice first touch to put him in position to fire with Holgersson trailing.
Alexander played Henry down the right into the box with a perfectly lofted ball, and McDonald completely misplays it allowing Henry in behind. His left-footed blast was overhit and sailed wildly high.
HENRY MISSES A GOLDEN CHANCE!!
Henry attempts to catch Hamid napping by chipping a curling ball from distance, but he underhits it, and Hamid gathers with ease.
Tremendous effort to free himself some space and fire with his left, and Espindola absolutely blasted one off the bar to match his first-half header. D.C. fortunate to be level.
ESPINDOLA RATTLES THE BAR!!
Nice combo work between Henry and Espindola, but the latter's touch allows Jakovic to cut ahead of him and take the ball away as he entered the D.C. box. The Canadian center back has had himself a very nice day in the heart of the D.C. back line.
ROBLES gets a punch on the ball, and Saragosa's follow-up shot gets deflected out for a corner. DeLeon put that into a dangerous spot.
Olave tumbles into De Rosario on a ball down the right side, giving D.C. a free kick about 25 yards out on the right flank. DeLeon to take.
Pajoy crosses for De Rosario from the right, but the D.C. captain whiffs on his overhead attempt, opting for the spectacular instead of trying to settle and go
Heath Pearce's long throw deep in D.C. territory results in a long shot for Steele that Henry manages to redirect with his head, but hits it right into Hamid's waiting hands.
Early foray forward for D.C., but Pajoy is whistled for being offside.
And the second half is underway, no substitutions for either side.
Snow falling much harder now in Red Bull Arena, nothing really sticking too much, but something to keep an eye on over the final 45 minutes.
New York's pressure and possession advantages were nullified by D.C.'s defensive organization. New York will want more efficiency in the final third in the second half, while D.C. will hope for some more time on the ball and cleanliness when it has possession. Chances few and far in between for the visitors.
Substitution Juninho Jonathan Steele
Yellow Card Fabian Espindola
Only seconds of stoppage time given, as the first half ends scoreless.
SENSATIONAL effort by Henry to set himself up for a sideways overhead kick, but he sends it right to Hamid's grasp. Henry still very much capable of that moment of brilliance.
Great run by Pontius from his own end on a self-made counterattack, but his pass to his left to De Rosario isn't hit hard enough, and Olave intervenes.
HENRY fires high after some lovely ball movement by the Red Bulls keeps D.C. on its toes. Henry got his look after Steele's initial shot was blocked by Brandon McDonald. The Frenchman will want another crack at that, just booked his shot high.
Hamid spills a corner! But the young American pounces on it before Barklage can get to the loose ball.
Jakovic putting in some serious work on the back line for D.C., coming up with two clearances in succession to prevent NY chances.
This D.C. team might not play the most beautiful brand of soccer, but it will grind, plug away and scrap for its chances. Pretty much the opposite of New York's inteneded approach.
Great tackle by Holgersson deep in the D.C. end to win the ball off De Rosario, but then his look for Henry is way off target. Missed chance to capitalize for the Red Bulls.
And on cue, De Rosario gets on the end of a diagonal from DeLeon and sends a dangerous cross into the New York box that Holgersson flubs, but Olave is there to recover to prevent Pajoy from a clean look on the doorstep.
Red Bulls definitely seeming more dangerous while on the ball and seeing it in more threatening places on the field, but have nothing to show for it aside from a hit crossbar.
CAHILL misses a golden opportunity to put one on frame!! Espindola shows patience, getting the ball to his favored left foot and picking out Steele on the left. The Irishman's cross to Cahill by the far post was accurate, but the Australian star couldn't settle it to get a close-range shot on frame.
Tenuous moments in the D.C. box, with Espindola, Alexander and Barklage in the center of it all, but D.C.'s back line holds tough and United breaks the other way, only to have the counter fizzle out.
Henry with a very rare poor touch in the final third after Cahill picked him out with a long ball and a 1-v-1 situation. Had he brought it down cleanly, perhaps NY would have been in on goal.
Yellow Card Tim Cahill
Cahill sees yellow for a reckless challenge on DeLeon earlier in the sequence, but there was not a stoppage in play for Geiger to issue the caution, so the referee does so in his first opportunity. First booking for either side.
Yellow Card Tim Cahill
Henry with the perfect service, and Espindola outleaps McDonald to connect but is unlucky.
ESPINDOLA OFF THE CROSSBAR!! GREAT header beat Hamid, but couldn't get under the bar.
McCarty shanks a speculative chance from distance, with a bounding header from Henry falling into his path. Not the best option in that scenario.
DeLeon's hair-beard combination, meanwhile, might be tops in the league. The blond curls with the full brown playoff-style beard is a sight to behold.
DELEON fires high! Saragosa whiffed on the initial chance off the corner, but the ball fell to DeLeon about 22 yards out with a clean look, straightaway.
D.C. applies some build-up pressure, with a ball headed for DeLeon on the right being headed out by Pearce for a corner.
Cheeky interplay between Barklage, Henry and Espindola, with the French DP working a 1-2 with his strike partner to get off a decent look at goal from the right side of the box, but Hamid handles the shot with relative ease.
DANGEROUS moments of hesitation for the entire D.C. back line, which watched a Steele cross go through the area without anyone making a play on the ball. Fortunately for D.C., no NY attacker was able to get to it either.
Henry gets off a rapid-fire release of a shot while going at Riley, but the veteran D.C. right back blocks it with his foot. Encouraging signs for New York to see Henry so active in the final third so often in the early moments.
Some slight precipitation starting to fall at Red Bull Arena. Nothing quite like the memorable blizzard that forced the postponement of these teams' playoff game last year, though.
This time Jamison Olave joins Holgersson in pursuit of a ball over the top, leaving Pajoy with no chance to track that down. D.C. won't have much luck if it's constantly Pajoy in a 1-v-2 situation without any late runners and some hold-up play to accompany them.
What a lovely ball by Steele from the left to pick out Alexander across the field at the edge of the D.C. box, but he had no space to get off a shot, and D.C. teams well to end the threat.
Very nice recovery defense by New York to avoid a calamity, as De Rosario got on the ball just outside the area with Robles well off his line. Gang defending to prevent a shot on target.
SAVE HAMID!! The U.S. national team hopeful goes to ground to deny Henry, who didn't get full power on a low shot from about 20 yards out. First real chance of the match.
De Rosario puts an easy curling ball right at Luis Robles in goal after the second wave of attack following the free kick.
De Rosario goes down in the final third after a Holgersson challenge by the corner flag right in front of the South Ward at Red Bull Arena. Very busy afternoon for the Swedish center back so far.
D.C. showing a preference to go long to Pajoy early and often, trying to take advantage of the 1-on-1 matchup with Holgersson. Not a lot of build-up play through the midfield.
Well done by Holgersson to pick the ball off Pajoy's foot as the Colombian tried to turn the corner in the final third.
Henry's bending inswinger is low and easy to clear, and D.C. avoids giving up the early goal. Nick DeLeon, D.C.'s playoff hero in NY last year, got his head to it.
Riley grabs Thierry Henry from behind, conceding a free kick in a dangerous spot for the Red Bulls.
Red Bulls in their home white jerseys, D.C. in the road black as both teams turn over the ball on early possession.
And we are underway!
Teams are out of the tunnel and lined up for the national anthem as first kick is moments away.
It is mildly surprising to see Heath Pearce move over to left back, not because he can't handle it -- he's one of the best in the league over there -- but because Markus Holgersson's recent comments made it seem like he was not in Mike Petke's plans. With Connor Lade available, he would seem like a viable option on the left, but Pearce and Holgersson get the nod.
With John Thorrington ruled out through long-term injury, Marcelo Saragosa has reclaimed his starting place in D.C.'s central midfield. He and Perry Kitchen will operate behind De Rosario, who will act as a withdrawn forward/attacking midfielder.
This game is the first of what could be a revolutionary day in the MLS TV viewing realm, with NBC Sports doing an NFL RedZone-style all-day coverage, starting with this broadcast, going live to the other games throughout the day and ending with its 8 p.m. ET broadcast of the Cascadia Cup bout between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers A landmark day in the 2013 season for sure.
It's a big match for New York to stave off some early season pressure that his engulfed the Mike Petke era. All eyes are on DPs Henry and Cahill to deliver, because they have underperformed to start the 2013 campaign
On the bench for both teams: DC: Joe Willis, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, Marcos Sanchez, Kyle Porter, Carlos Ruiz, Raphael Augusto NY: Santiago Castano, Connor Lade, Kosuke Kimura, Juninho, Lloyd Sam, Ruben Bover, Armando Moreno
To add another layer to the storylines, Mark Geiger is today's referee, and he was in the middle of it all in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, calling encroachment on Thierry Henry during a Kenny Cooper penalty kick, with D.C. backup goalkeeper Joe Willis saving the re-take. All signs point to an epic early-season showdown.
New York enters this match at 0-0-1 after blowing second-half leads on the road in Portland and San Jose. D.C. is 1-1-0, defeating Real Salt Lake on a Pajoy goal after losing to Houston in the season opener. This is the first of 3 Atlantic Cup meetings between the two sides this season.
D.C.'s lineup is: GK - Bill Hamid DEF (R-L) - James Riley, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb MID - Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Marcelo Saragosa, Chris Pontius FWD - Dwayne De Rosario, Lionard Pajoy
For D.C., Dwayne De Rosario is available after his two-game suspension, and he is raring to go in Ben Olsen's starting XI
New York's starting XI is: GK - Luis Robles DEF (R-L) Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce MID - Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill, Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele FWD - Thierry Henry, Fabian Espindola
The lineups are in, and as little surprise to anyone, Roy Miller has been left out altogether for New York after his catastrophic showing last week in San Jose and the ensuing fallout of his explanation for why he purposefully encroached on San Jose's penalty kick.
Good afternoon everybody (or morning on the West Coast) and welcome to our live commentary for the kick off of MLS Rivalry Week, with the New York Red Bulls hosting D.C. United in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.
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