MLS Preview: D.C. United - New York Red Bulls
The Atlantic Cup rivals square off in D.C. United's first playoff game in five years.
By Seth Vertelney
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Pajoy, Maicon Santos.
OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain)
DOUBTFUL: MF Lewis Neal (L calf strain)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain)
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Lade, Holgersson, Marquez, Pearce; Le Toux, Tainio, Cahill, McCarty; Cooper, Henry.||
OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (L plantar fascia injury); GK Ryan Meara (L hip surgery); MF Lloyd Sam (R knee PCL injury)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- D.C. was set to travel to New York for the opening of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinal, but due to Hurricane Sandy New York will go to RFK Stadium first, then D.C. will travel to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
- The teams split the three match season series, with each club earning a win, draw and loss. Chris Pontius scored five goals in the three games.
- On DCU's roster, only Mike Chabala, Stephen King, Brandon McDonald, Robbie Russell, Maicon Santos and Marcelo Saragosa have appeared in an MLS playoff game.
- DCU is currently on a seven-game unbeaten run, going 5-0-2 since losing Dwayne De Rosario to injury.
- The Red Bulls had two players finish among the league's top five goal scorers: Kenny Cooper (18) and Thierry Henry (15)
- Of the five Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Red Bulls have the most goals scored (57), and the most goals allowed (46) on the season.
Top 3 Predictions
D.C. United 2-1 New York Red Bulls
- 25 %
D.C. United 3-1 New York Red Bulls
- 12.5 %
D.C. United 3-2 New York Red Bulls
- 12.5 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 31, 2013||New York Red Bulls 2 - D.C. United 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 13, 2013||D.C. United 0 - New York Red Bulls 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Mar 16, 2013||New York Red Bulls 0 - D.C. United 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Nov 8, 2012||New York Red Bulls 0 - D.C. United 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Nov 3, 2012||D.C. United 1 - New York Red Bulls 1|
|Oct 27, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Houston Dynamo 2||MLS|
|Oct 18, 2013||Sporting Kansas City 1 - D.C. United 0||MLS|
|Oct 12, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Philadelphia Union 1||MLS|
|Oct 4, 2013||D.C. United 0 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Oct 1, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Real Salt Lake 0||OC|
|-||Emiliano Ariel Dudar||Defender|
|11||Sebastien Le Toux||Midfielder|
|-||Jan Gunnar Solli||Midfielder|
Times In EST
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed