Red Bulls lose lead, settle on draw vs. DC United

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls drop yet another lead, this time to rival DC United, and leave RFK with a 2-2 draw.

Despite losing by two goals, DC United managed to claw back with two goals of their own in a three minute span to take a share of the points.

A 75 minute lightning delay interrupted the start of the match – and the field never recovered. A water-logged surface led to disjointed plays and unpredictable bounces for either team.

The field showed its unpredictability in the game’s first goal. Sean Franklin whiffed on a ball that fell to the feet of Mike Grella. Grella was able to get the ball to Bradley Wright-Phillips who buried his 15th goal of the season.

New York continued to show their strong offensive force in the second half. After another scramble in the 64th minute, Felipe doubled the lead with a shot near the top of the box. From there the game took a drastic turn. Former Red Bull Lloyd Sam drew a penalty in the 70th minute, which Marcelo Sarvas converted for his first goal of the season. Just three minutes later, DC United tied the game off a header by former NYCFC player Patrick Mullins.

It was yet another road game where New York had a multi-goal lead go to waste. To this point the team only has one win on the road all season.

Next up they will return home, where the results have been favorable, the play the New England Revolution.

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Robles; Lawrence, Collin, Zubar, Duvall; Davis, Felipe; Grella, Muyl, Kljestan; Wright-Phillips

DC United: Hamid; Kemp, Boswell, Birnbaum, Franklin; Marcelo; Nyarko, Acosta, Jeffrey, Sam; Mullins

GOALS:

’39 (RBNY) Bradley Wright-Phillips (15) assisted by Mike Grella (6)
’64 (RBNY) Felipe Martins (5) unassisted
’70 (DC United) Marcelo Sarvas (1) penalty kick
’73 (DC United) Patrick Mullins (2) assisted by Birnbaum (1)

DISCIPLINE:

’36 YELLOW CARD (DC United) Luciano Acosta
’50 YELLOW CARD (DC United) Marcelo Sarvas
’89 YELLOW CARD (RBNY) Chris Duvall