Dwayne De Rosario earned some revenge for being traded suddenly by the New York Red Bulls by scoring the winner against his old club.
With New York first place in the East and coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Toronto, D.C. United visited Red Bull Arena as the underdog. It left, however, with the full three points. A sterling defensive display kept Red Bulls' attacking options at bay, with Bill Hamid, Clyde Simms and Brandon McDonald all putting in impressive shifts.
Tim Ream showed some initial defensive aptitude for the Red Bulls side with a series of good blocks. Just before halftime the U.S. international cleared a Charlie Davies shot off the line with Greg Sutton stranded.
Ream could do nothing about DeRo's blast early in the second half though. The Canadian received a flick from Josh Wolff, juked past his marker and uncorked a fierce volley which pinged off the far post on its way in.
Despite throwing numbers and men forward, New York struggled to find any midfield rhythm and the game quickly lost its wind. Only Davies' cynical kick out at Roy Miller livened up a boring encounter before a series of Red Bull free kicks in the remaining seconds ultimately proved fruitless.
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