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April 13, 2013
• 7:08 PM
• Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
Referee: J. Marrufo
• Attendance: 18019
New York RB
T. Henry 29'
J. Olave 36'
Thanks for following along tonight, as always, and be sure to check back on Goal.com for more results from Week 7 in the 2013 MLS season. Have a great night everybody!
Henry was top-class tonight, and Jamison Olave and Markus Holgersson shut up shop in the back (and Olave did his part in scoring the second goal too) to lift the Red Bulls over a listless D.C. side that fell at home for the second straight time after not losing for 19 straight home games prior to that.
And there's the final whistle! New York puts together a complete performance and takes the road result, 2-0
Ruben Bover coming on for Tim Cahill as the final seconds tick down
About halfway into four minutes of added time
D.C. fans get their hopes up after seeing the net ripple following a long-range Pontius free kick, but it sailed high and skimmed the top of the net on the way down. Still 2-0 RBNY
ROBLES comes up in the right spot to deny Pontius, who did not get full power on his chance from close range off a corner kick
Kosuke Kimura replaces Eric Alexander on the right flank as New York looks to kill off this match and take three road points.
Kyle Porter enters for Woolard, who has been D.C.'s top threat in terms of creating opportunities with his service from the left flank.
McDonald just wide with a low shot, but you've got to question the decision making there. With D.C. pushing forward and McDonald having space, is a 35-foot blast from a center back really the best option? Not the first time a D.C. defender has tried to have a go from distance tonight.
Going at Pontius after receiving a pass from McCarty, Henry bent a low shot by a diving Hamid but off the right post as well. The Frenchman has come up with a star showing tonight.
Henry off the post!!
Time running short for D.C. after De Rosario was flagged for being offside, and then Cahill doing good work going at Korb and winning a corner that provides another chance and kills some precious time.
Miller and Ruiz collide in the air while going for a 50-50 ball, which winds up landing at Korb's feet 25 yards out. The right back tried to volley it off the bounce but came nowhere near the target. The Red Bulls will take that every time.
De Rosario opted for a low free kick that found its way around the wall, and Robles went to ground to save it AND Ruiz's rebound on the doorstep while on the ground. HUGE moment for the Red Bulls goalkeeper.
DOUBLE SAVE ROBLES!!
Barklage gets whistled for taking down Pajoy after McDonald played him through, and D.C. gets a dangerous free kick about 20 yards out from a left-sided angle. Big chance to get right back in this game off the set piece
Olave comes close to getting his second, somehow going unmarked toward the far post for Juninho's corner only to put his sliding attempt wide of the mark.
Ruiz, meanwhile, slots up top alongside Pajoy, with De Rosario a withdrawn option behind them.
That's an attack-minded sub for Mike Petke, who has seen his team lose leads far too often and wouldn't mind seeing a third goal before D.C. can get on the board.
Carlos Ruiz enters the match for D.C., replacing an ineffective Raphael Augusto. Fabian Espindola replaces Jonny Steele for New York, meanwhile.
Desperation much? Marcos Sanchez comes up with a big hustle play to keep the ball in the NY end...and then lofts a speculative 30-yard blast that misses everything and brings out the boo birds from the D.C. faithful
A brief moment of promise for D.C. ends in disappointment, with De Rosario sliding a through ball for an on-rushing Pontius that was weighed a bit too heavily and goes out for a goal kick.
Chris Korb sends in a teasing ball from the right that gets deflected out for a corner by a sliding Olave, with Pajoy lurking behind. Goal-saving play by the hulking defender, and D.C. does not benefit from the ensuing corner.
Seems like Juninho is starting to find his way a bit more within this Red Bulls lineup as he spots Henry making a darting run down the right and finds him with some deep distribution.
Juninho plays the ball from the right for Henry in the box, but his squared pass gets intercepted by McDonald. Still no signs of attacking life on the other end for D.C.
After a scramble, Cahill sends a shot that gets blocked, and it appeared to hit off De Rosario's arm, though no call was made.
Henry wins a corner as Juninho strides over to the far flag
No changes for the Red Bulls, not surprisingly, as they put together one of their better halves this season. Holgersson looks especially solid in the back.
Dwayne De Rosario
And we're back. Dwayne De Rosario is on, Rafael is off for D.C. Getting that Juninho jersey was the most memorable part of his night.
Wouldn't want to be feeling Ben Olsen's wrath right now. D.C. coach cannot be happy with another listless attacking showing. His counterpart and former teammate, Mike Petke, meanwhile, has to be encouraged with the Red Bulls' response to a drab showing in Chicago last weekend.
An there's the halftime whistle. Red Bulls happily in front 2-0, and some D.C. United players walk off with their heads down. Juninho and Rafael, meanwhile, swap jerseys at halftime. Seems a bit premature, no?
D.C. does have Dwayne De Rosario in reserve, and he might have an urgent warm-up session at halftime to get ready for the final 45. One minute of stoppage time before then.
Approaching halftime with the Red Bulls in full control. They've blown leads on a number of occasions this year so far, but D.C. hasn't shown much in attacking initiative that suggests two goals are on the way.
Woolard, again, came up with tremendous service off a short corner, and the center back's attempt was D.C.'s closest chance of the night. Would've been a huge momentum swinger. Instead, still 2-0 New York
MCDONALD VOLLEYS HIGH!!
D.C.'s touches in the attacking third have left much to be desired. First Sanchez takes two heavy touches before managing to get it forward to Rafael, and his turn was less than clean as he attempted to get a shot on frame. Ugly stuff.
Goal Jamison Olave
A short corner was played to Juninho, who curled in service for Barklage. The former D.C. defender headed toward Olave closer to goal, and the lumbering center back did not miss from close range to double the Red Bulls' lead.
GOAL RED BULLS!! OLAVE!
Henry sent in an absolutely sublime cross from the left, and Cahill got behind his defender to make clean contact, but put it right at the D.C. goalkeeper, who stood his ground. Wow.
SAVE HAMID!!! ROBS CAHILL POINT-BLANK!
Good individual effort by Pontius to absorb hits from two New York defenders and create space for himself to shoot, but he fires his chance well high and wide.
Dax McCarty had the layoff pass for Henry, who was patient and was given a little too much space by Korb to get off that shot. Have to mark Henry tighter than that when he's facing goal.
Goal Thierry Henry
Did not look like much, but Henry bounces a well-placed shot from distance in front of Hamid, and the D.C. keeper can't get to it. Perfectly placed curling ball by Henry with the perfect amount of pace. Top class, and his second goal of the season.
GOAL RED BULLS! THIERRY HENRY!
Holgersson stands his ground and makes a clean tackle on an on-rushing Pontius, who pounced on an Olave turnover and carried toward the NY box.
Decent crowd on hand tonight. Ticket sales were expected to reach the 17,000-18,000 mark. A nice-sized group of Red Bulls fans made the trip down I-95 as well.
Woolard, who has been D.C.'s best threat going forward tonight, attempts another cross that deflects off Barklage and out for a D.C. corner, but Juninho winds up with the leaping scissor kick clearance. No saves for either keeper yet.
Olave bowls over Rafael at the top of the box as the Brazilian looked to get onto a failed clearance, but no call given by Marrufo.
And in between that, Sanchez tried, completely unsuccessfully, to connect for a bicycle kick. Henry was not impressed.
Crosses come from the left and right for D.C., with Woolard's curling ball being headed away by Holgersson before Sanchez sends in a ball for Rafael, who can't make clean contact with his head. D.C.'s turn to apply the pressure now.
Rafael completely misses a WIDE open Chris Korb, who got forward from his place at right back and was NOT happy. Clear that Rafael still has some integration to do in working his way into a rhythm with this team in his first season from Bahia
Woolard is there to provide cover after Henry bodies up Jakovic in the box and slots a ball through where Alexander was running into space. Important intervention.
Cahill gets whistled for a handball in the area as he handled it trying to cut back on his defender and create space for a shot just inside the D.C. box.
Alexander wins another corner for NY with pressure down the left, with the visitors starting to put together some pressure. They dominating the proceedings in the teams' meeting on March 16, one that ended in a 0-0 draw.
Henry combines with Miller down the left, and his cross gets played through the area and out for a Red Bulls corner, one that gets cleared among traffic just inside the D.C. box
Olave heads away the danger, though, and the Red Bulls emerge unscathed
DANGEROUS ball sent in by Woolard, who gets forward and curls in solid service for Rafael, but the forward can't connect and the ball bounces through the box before a New York foul sets D.C. up for another free kick by the far sideline.
Amazing that Roy Miller is still trusted to start for Mike Petke after his atrocious start to the season. He hasn't done anything catastrophic yet, save for his foul on Rafael, but one would think that he had outworn his welcome
A D.C. foul gives Juninho a chance for one of his vaunted free kicks from distance, but the Brazilian blasts it high and wide of Bill Hamid's net and we remain scoreless.
McCarty reads the play perfectly, intercepting the ball that was hit short for a streaking Pontius. The D.C. winger will look to get involved heavily considering his track record against New York. Last season he had five goals in three games, including a hat trick in last April's meeting in DC
Rafael gives chase for a long ball from McDonald in the corner and his hustle wins a free kick from just to the left of the corner flag. Early chance for DCU
An early collision between Barklage and Rafael goes uncalled with D.C.'s young Brazilian DP getting taken down about 25 yards out.
Tonight's match official is Jair Marrufo....and we are UNDERWAY!
Red Bulls employing high pressure early on, trying to force D.C. into a mistake in the back.
The Red Bulls come in with a record of 1-3-2 and a habit of blowing leads in the second half. D.C. United is 1-3-1 and has scored a total of two goals in five games. Needless to say, there's a little early-season urgency in the air tonight.
Dwayne De Rosario is available off the bench for D.C. today in his return from a one-game absence with an adductor strain. He just completed his first full training session since his return on Thursday, so D.C. is exercising caution with its star
Good evening everyone and welcome to tonight's live commentary for D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. Both teams come in looking for inspiration after struggling out of the gates.
The rest of the bench for D.C. in addition to DeRo is: Joe Willis, James Riley, Ethan White, Kyle Porter, Marcelo Saragosa and Carlos Ruiz. New York has Santiago Castano, Kosuke Kimura, Heath Pearce, Lloyd Sam, Andre Akpan, Fabian Espindola and Ruben Bover available as subs.
Here are the lineups for tonight's match, first for the Red Bulls:
GK - Luis Robles DEF - Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller MID - Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill, Dax McCarty, Juninho, Jonny Steele FWD - Thierry Henry
And here is the lineup for host D.C. GK - Bill Hamid DEF - Chris Korb, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Daniel Woolard MF - Raphael Augusto, Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius, Marcos Sanchez FWD - Rafael, Lionard Pajoy
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