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July 10, 2010 7:30 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
Referee:‬ Silviu Petrescu‎
 
Top of the Match
Julius James
Julius James
D.C. United
Tim Ream
Tim Ream
New York Red Bulls
Flop of the Match
Seth Stammler
Seth Stammler
New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls 0-0 D.C. United: Red Bulls Take The Atlantic Cup

Neither team could find an opening in what was a relatively open game for long portions. In a moral victory the New York Red Bulls won the Atlantic Cup for the first time since 2003 after defeating D.C. United 2-0 earlier in the season.

By Terence Steed

Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls; Santino Quaranta, D.C. United; MLS (Getty)
HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls played their first home game since the World Cup break, welcoming east coast rivals D.C. United to Red Bull Arena. 16,239 fans showed up in comfortable 80 degree weather and, while they may have been disappointed with the goalless draw, they saw an open game as both teams initially played for the win.

First Half

D.C. United took the first shot in anger in the fifth minute. A long clearance up the left side set up nicely for former Red Bull Santino Quaranta, but his left-footed volley was easy enough for Bouna Coundoul, who punched it down and saw it cleared by his defenders.

D.C. wasted a golden opportunity in the 14th minute. Clyde Simms pushed hard through the center circle and fed Danny Allsopp. The Australian striker ran at Carlos Mendes before he played the ball out wide to Chris Pontius. Pontius lost the ball to Chris Albright, but it was played back in to the far post where Quaranta could only muster a timid slow-roller to Coundoul.

Seth Stammler almost added another wonder-strike to his season in the 16th minute after a strong clearance by Troy Perkins. The punched ball came out to Stammler 40 yards from goal where he controlled with his chest, took a touch and fired a driven ball just high over the left upper corner.

Juan Pablo Angel nearly opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after a soft foul was called on Julius James. From all of 40 yards, Angel curled the Jabulani balled up over the wall and dipped it back on frame at the last second, forcing Perkins to tip it over.

It was all Juan Pablo over the next few minutes. The Colombian failed to put a Dane Richards cross on goal from eight yards out. Only a minute later Ubiparipovic played a perfect through-ball to Joel Lindpere on the left, but after Lindpere found him at the top of the six, Angel couldn’t keep his left-footed shot on frame.

The game slowed over the last 15 minutes as the Red Bulls experimented with formations in the midfield and tried high balls to Angel and Ibrahim. D.C. played high pressure defense and broke out a couple of times on the counter, but they lacked numbers going forward.

In the 43rd minute United finally got a decent counter through Pontius. He fed Quaranta wide right, who played a great ball to the back post, where Allsopp was waiting to head home, but Tim Ream out-jumped the Australian, putting it out safely for a corner.



Second Half

Curt Onalfo decided to add some experience in attack, bringing on Jaime Moreno for Danny Allsopp at half time and the change paid instant dividends as United came out with much more of a cohesive attack to open the half. Moreno himself looked 10 years younger as he beat several players on the dribble.

The changes led to United controlling most of the possession as the Red Bulls now looked to counter. In the 52nd minute, Borman played another nice ball down the left wing to Lindpere. Lindpere ran onto it and fired in a low cross to Ibrahim, but the forward poked his attempt wide of the near post.

Backe responded to D.C.’s control by inserting Tony Tchani and Roy Miller into the game, but the changes only served to slow the game down as both teams adjusted. Only Jaime Moreno seemed to be playing well, as he continued to cause problems for the Red Bulls.

Lindpere and Ubiparipovic went for the spectacular in the 74the minute. As Lindpere cut inside from the left he looped a ball up and over the middle to Ubiparipovic at the top of the box. The versatile midfielder didn’t think twice as he volleyed the ball out of the air, but he sliced it wide.

As the game came to a close it became clear that the Red Bulls lacked the creativity to find a winner and D.C. United was satisfied with a point on the road.

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New York Red Bulls

23
Bouna Coundoul
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
Tim Ream
Defender
0.00
3
Chris Albright
Defender
0.00
-
0.00
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
0.00
-
Ibrahim Salou
Striker
57′
0.00
36
Danleigh Borman
Midfielder
0.00
4
Carlos Mendes
Defender
0.00
6
Seth Stammler
Midfielder
56′
0.00
-
Dane Richards
Midfielder
76′
0.00
-
0.00

D.C. United

0.00
1
Troy Perkins
Goalkeeper
0.00
16
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
-
Stephen King
Midfielder
0.00
9
0.00
-
0.00
14
A. Najar
Midfielder
87′
0.00
-
0.00
-
Clyde Simms
Midfielder
0.00
13

Substitutes

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Greg Sutton
Goalkeeper
0.00
12
Mike Petke
Defender
0.00
25
0.00
6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
56′
0.00
7
R. Miller
Defender
57′
0.00
32
Luke Sassano
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
0.00
15
Barry Rice
Defender
0.00
-
0.00
-
Kurt Morsink
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
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