Red Bulls Disappoint in 2-0 Loss to DC United

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

So much for momentum.

After going undefeated in three matches, the New York Red Bulls fell flat against their oldest rivals, DC United on Friday night’s national stage, losing 2-0 at RFK.

DC struck twice in the first half on goals from Alvaro Saborio and Patrick Nyarko — both due to poor defensive coverage.

The Red Bulls were on their back foot from the opening minutes as goalkeeper Luis Robles was forced to make two saves. DC drew first blood in the 20th minute when Chris Duvall, playing centerback, and Sal Zizzo let Alvaro Saborio slip in between them for a sitter of a goal from a Marcelo Sarvas feed.

The second strike came off the head of Patrick Nyarko from Lamar Neagle. DC was able to create their chances off of uncharacteristically creative possession, while New York simply could get very little done in the attacking half of the field.

One first half bright spot was the return of Argentine DP Gonzalo Veron. While he was subbed off in the 57th minute, Veron was the most dangerous Red Bulls player on the field. The best chance that the Red Bulls were able to produce came from an intelligent run into the six yard box. Veron made himself available for the Bradley Wright-Phillips pass.

In the second half, DC  was content to concede possession and rely on New York’s Achilles heel – the bunker defense and counterattack. While the Red Bulls controlled possession, chances were few and far between.

New York continues their MLS schedule on Wednesday May 18th, returning home to face the Chicago Fire. On the following Saturday, the Red Bulls travel to Yankee Stadium to face their noisy neighbors NYCFC in the opening match of the 2016 edition of the Hudson Derby.

  • Moritz

    fake, plastic McFußball

  • Greg

    Maybe Jesse was right when he said this team is like an energy drink. Last year they were bubbly and fizzy, now they’re flat. I mean even NYCFC beat them just last week and we’re supposedly bad again this season!

  • George Guerra

    It just continues to be hard to support fizzy drinks.