Five Lessons: New York Red Bulls 2-1 DC United

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU, EMPIRE OF SOCCER

No Thierry Henry, a late game red card, playing down a man and facing Dwayne De Rosario from the penalty spot with the lead on the line against D.C. United.

Clearly, there is no way the New York Red Bulls could survive those kinds of odds.

But they did. In fact, not only did they emerge winners – they secured a share of first place in the East as well.

After a week of drama and doubt, New York once again went against expectations and came up roses in a critical home game against their most hated rival. With the Atlantic Cup in tow, the team looks forward to the Houston Dynamo on the road.

Before we get there, here are some lessons from this weekend’s encounter:

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  • Robles saved 3 of the 8 PKs awarded against them which so far is the best percentage of anyone this season. Is this destiny’s way of saying we will win in the near future in a PK shootout? :D

  • Not assuming we’ll do **** in the playoffs, but I want that record to be as good as possible just in case we get a chance to host MLS Cup. All very tight.