The Black-and-Red picked up a much needed three points last night against their rivals, with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls. Despite their slow start to the season, D.C. United is just a few points out of first place. The Eastern Conference as a whole is struggling to start the year, the win yesterday gave D.C. United their third of the season and the Red Bulls suffered their seventh loss of the year.
Over the past few games, the pairing of Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio up front has continued to gel. Acosta is really starting to get comfortable, his technical ability on the ball and vision is on full display. As for Sabo, he’s done a good job of making himself available and making timely runs.
The midfield pressure from the home side was outstanding, New York never really seemed to get comfortable. That’s not say they didn’t get any quality looks, Travis Worra definitely earned his keep in a couple of sequences. In the first half, he went low for a kick save on the near post than scrambled to the far post to get his hands on another shot.
D.C. United seemed to get it’s passing down in the final third, there was poise in that area of the field and it resulted in goals. In the 20th minute, the home side would break through with a tally. Patrick Nyarko played a nice ball to a running Marcelo Sarvas, Sarvas found himself on the near post with the keeper facing him after receiving the pass. Marcelo wasted no time as he played a great ball back to the center of the box, Sabo had an open net and tapped it in. It was a nice possession with crisp passing, resulting in a good finish.
Two of the newcomers would add to the tally before the half, Lamar Neagle and Nyarko hooked up for the home team’s second goal of the game. Neagle put a dangerous ball across the box and Nyarko finished it with a volley, leaving the keeper helpless.
For a game between two heated rivals, there wasn’t much of the nasty, physical play. D.C. United came out early, set the tempo, and took the fight to their visitors. It was the first Atlantic Cup game for both teams, and a solid performance from the Black-and-Red. They’ve been wildly inconsistent thus far, so is this who they really are? Only time will tell.