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November 3, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
61′ (OG) R. Miller
Bill Hamid 65′ (OG)
And that's it! New York will host the second game of this home-and-away series on Wednesday, and D.C. will have to make do without the services of Andy Najar.
Ohhh, that looked like a backpass there from Holgersson to Robles, but no call from the ref. Pajoy looks incensed.
Pajoy outpaces Holgersson and turns Pearce to get a shot off, but his effort is narrowly wide.
Substitution Sebastien Le Toux Kenny Cooper
Yellow Card Heath Pearce
With D.C. down a player, suddenly the whole momentum of this game shifts. It looks like New York will be bringing on big Kenny Cooper for Le Toux, and that will not be a welcome sight for the D.C. backline.
Yellow/Red A. Najar
Yellow Card A. Najar
What was that??!? Andy Najar, in the process of being shown a yellow card by Jair Marruffo, throws the ball at the referee, and that's a red. D.C. will have to finish this game a man down after a shameful act of petulance.
Substitution Branko Bošković Lewis Neal
Own Goal Bill Hamid
And the Red Bulls are right back in it! Bill Hamid returns the favor to New York and drops the ball into his own net. Henry's corner was played towards Hamid by the head of Lade, and the U.S. youth international goalkeeper, windmilling backward, dropped the ball into his own net.
Own Goal R. Miller
Disaster for New York! A cross is whipped in by Chris Korb, and marking Nick DeLeon, Roy Miller slides in and sticks the ball into his own net.
In the early going of the second, it's again been mostly D.C. pushing forward, looking a lot more dangerous in possession than New York. the Red Bulls, when they do get hold of the ball, look awfully ponderous.
Substitution Rafa Márquez R. Miller
About to start the second half, and Roy Miller is coming on for New York in place of Rafa Marquez
That's the first half gone. You'd have to say D.C. was better, but an inability to finish chances, especially that penalty kick, could come back to hurt the capital side
Another close chance for D.C. goes begging. Najar's diagonal cross from deep is head-flicked on by Pontius to Boskovic, who stabs his own header wide.
With Henry dropping back in an effort to control the midfield better, Sebastien Le Toux looks awfully isolated in attack. He hacks down Jakovic in frustration as he sees his efforts coming up to nothing.
And it's saved! Pontius blasts the penalty kick, but Robles is there to bat it away! Still 0-0.
Penalty! Connor Lade handles in the box as Boskovic goes by him, and Jair Marrufo blows for the spot kick
Yellow Card Connor Lade
New York is finally showing a little more impetus, and even Thierry Henry is getting in on the act, tracking back to the halfway line to make a tackle.
At the moment, D.C. is doing a far better job of pressing than New York is, and it showed as Lionard Pajoy nearly latched onto a ball behind the defense there.
Oh, an off-target header from Andy Najar. He beat the offside trap and had a free look on net, but it was a difficult one and he headed wide across the goal.
New York is keeping the ball well after that early D.C. flurry, but with the Red-and-Black playing a high line in midfield, they're having trouble doing anything.
A great start for D.C. Pontius comes charging down the left, and his shot deflects off Holgersson for D.C.'s third corner.
Wow! Already a great save from Robles! He gets down well to turn a hard drive from Chris Korb around the post.
We're off! D.C. has a first minute free kick after Pajoy is brought down... but Boskovic puts it into the wall.
I was in the house when Sebastien Le Toux scored a hat trick against D.C. United back in 2010. Hans Backe will be looking to use his speed and work rate to create space for Thierry Henry against this D.C. defense, but don't discount Seba's ability to find the back of the net on his own.
So Dwayne De Rosario was deemed not fit enough to start tonight for D.C., which is a bit of a loss to the occasion, but I doubt you'll see the Red Bulls complaining. New York's lineup surprise is that Kenny Cooper starts on the bench, with Sebastien Le Toux preferred.
And the bench for D.C. United: Willis, Russell, Salihi, Santos, Dudar, Neal, Augusto.
On the bench for New York: Gaudette, Digao, Ruthven, Solli, Keel, Miller, Cooper.
And the starting lineup for D.C. United: Hamid, Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb, DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Boskovic, Pontius, Pajoy.
The starting lineup for the New York Red Bulls: Robles, Lade, Holgersson, Marquez, Pearce, McCarty, Cahill, Tainio, Lindpere, Henry, Le Toux.
Hello, everyone, I'm Goal.com editor Keith Hickey, and I'll be doing your live text commentary for tonight's Eastern Conference semifinal meeting between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
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