It was a crazy day at RFK, but it ended in a 2-2 draw between rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls that included a 73 minute rain delay. The home side had multiple opportunities throughout the game to get the full three points, they weren’t able to capitalize and would have to settle for one point. It was the third consecutive game in which the Red Bulls couldn’t put a team away after going up 2-0. For the Black-and-Red, it was another match in which they left goals on the field and failed to get a win.
Prior to the rain delay, the home side got off to a good start. Playing with the sense of urgency they displayed last week. Still, they couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Patrick Nyarko had a couple of prime opportunities in front of the net, but he missed both headers wide. Then came the delay, it was very possible that D.C. United could of went into the delay with a two goal lead. Instead, it was 0-0 after nine minutes of play.
The Red Bulls seemed to pick their play up after the game resumed, Bradley Wright-Phillips would score his 15th goal of the season in the 38th minute. That came courtesy of an unlucky bounce as Sean Franklin misplayed a ball in the box, Mike Grella was on it and lofted a soft pass to the front of the net in which Wright-Phillips placed the ball past Bill Hamid. When Franklin lost the ball, Steve Birnbaum shaded over to help and Bobby Boswell wasn’t able to make up the distance between he and Birnbaum. Wright-Phillips took advantage of it and got to the spot before Boswell could close.
Felipe would score in the 64th minute off a wicked shot to the near post, it looked as if Hamid was in position, but the ball got through. One of the biggest differences between the two teams is that New York shoots far more often in the attacking third while D.C. United looks for that extra pass, more often than not to their detriment.
That’s the importance to have the people here…It’s when you feel tired, when you need to come back, you feel that energy.” – Marcelo Sarvas, D.C. United midfielder
The rally from the home side was impressive, it came in a three minute spurt. All game long Nyarko and former Red Bull Lloyd Sam were causing trouble out wide, it would be Sam that beat his man and got taken down in the box to draw a penalty kick. Marcelo Sarvas wasted little time blasting the ball into the left corner, the keeper guessed the right direction, but that ball was moving far to fast. Sarvas got the crowd back in it on the way back upfield and the fans were in it for the duration of the match.
Three minutes later, D.C. United got the equalizer. Taylor Kemp played a ball into the box, Birnbaum got his head on it first, directing it toward the goal. Patrick Mullins then finished it off, heading the ball past Robles before the keeper could react.
The home side would have several more chances, Nick DeLeon came in the game and had two great looks. One was blocked and the other, he didn’t get enough on it. Luciano Acosta had a few chances as well, Kemp fired one wide left after a nice run. It came down to finishing, the home side created more than enough chances.
They have to get over this quickly as this week is a tough one. They travel to Montreal to take on the Impact on Wednesday night, then host the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The rest of the season is all about finishing, the new additions have definitely helped the attack. The Black-and-Red must start finishing these chances they create. As of right now they are in sixth place, atop the red line, but they need to get out of this trend of one point results to lock down a spot in the postseason.