New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Matchday Commentary

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Matchday Commentary

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New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Matchday Commentary

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Good evening everybody. The New York Red bulls take on D.C. United in a key Eastern Conference clash that both teams need to keep pace with the pack in the East.

The Red Bulls are sitting in last place in the East and need a win to avoid falling behind the entire conference. D.C. United will be looking to pull three points ahead of KC and Toronto.

I will be providing a running commentary on the match. If you will be following the match, please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match:

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FINAL– That’s all for now. Check back in tonight for more post-game coverage. For now, feel free to share your thoughts on today’s match in the comments section below.

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FINAL– Just when it looked like the season might slip away today, the Red Bulls deliver their best performance of the season.

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FINAL– Red Bulls 4, D.C. United 1. The Red Bulls snap their recent five-match winless streak and move into a four-way tie for fourth in the East.

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92nd minute– Rojas looks to have shaken off the injury.

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91st minute– For those of you wondering, this will be the biggest win in club history against D.C. United.

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90th minute– Rojas is down after getting kicked in the back of the leg by Brian Namoff. Coold be an Achilles injury.

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88th minute- GOAL RED BULLS!! Sinisa Ubiparipovic from Rojas to finish D.C. off.

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85th minute- Sinisa Ubiparipovic in for Magee, who played a strong game today.

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83rd minute– Red Bulls in control right now and D.C. doesn’t look like they have the players to make up this two-goal difference.

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79th minute– Referee Shane Moody is giving cards away like he gets paid by the card.

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77th minute– Yellow card for Rojas.

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73rd minute– Red Bulls switch to a 4-4-2 now.

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71st minute– There is Magee hustling again. He’s had his best game in a very long time and has made a good case for holding on to a starting job.

Leitch is coming in for Sassano.

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67th minute– D.C. just doesn’t have any creativity without Moreno and without Marcelo Gallardo, who is still recovering from surgery.

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63rd minute– Martinez comes close.

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62nd minute– Magee has looked much better this half. He has certainly rewarded Osorio’s faith in him.

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60th minute– Mendes is in for Pietravallo. Mendes is a little better defensive option (I wiould argue he’s a better overall option based on what I’ve seen from Pietravallo). To be fair, Pietravallo played well this half.

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52nd minute– Burch with the shocking back-pass that led to that mess.

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51st minute– Wells comes out too slow for a ball in the area. Angel races on and chips it over Wells and off the right post for his second goal of the game. Red Bulls 3, D.C. United 1.

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50th minute– GOAL RED BULLS. And it’s Angel AGAIN!!

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47th minute– Quaranta adds a speed element to D.C.’s attack that could cause problems for the Red Bulls.

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HALFTIME– Quaranta on for Moreno.

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HALFTIME– Red Bulls 2, D.C. United 1. Red Bulls did well to withstand the surge after D.C.’s goal.

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45th minute- GOAL MAGEE!!. Van Den Bergh sends a dangerous cross in that D.C. can’t deal with. Burch heads to an open Magee, who finishes from about five yards out.

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44th minute– Emilio comes very close. He’s looking good today.

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43rd minute– Red Bulls have settled down but still can’t string good passes together. You also get the feeling that Emilio is going to do something today.

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36th minute– Zach Wells with a clutch deflection on Angel, who was racing in off a Rojas pass. Clutch play by Wells because Angel scores if he doesn’t make it.

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34th minute– Sassano hasn’t loked bad on the right wing today.

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31st minute– Angel does well to track back defensively. You can tell he really wants this game. Whether his teammates are good enough to deliver the win is another story.

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29th minute– Dave Van Den Bergh drew the foul that led to Angel’s goal.

Angel nearly catches Wells off his line with an attempted chip.

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27th minute- GOAL RED BULLS. Juan Pablo Angel with the free kick. What a beautiful goal.

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25th minute– D.C. definitely feeling it right now. Can the Red Bulls withstand this?

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24th minute– Red Bulls with no offense so far.

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22nd minute– Pietravallo with another turnover.

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20th minute– D.C. with a corner courtesy of a Pietravallo turnover. I have yet to be impressed by the new Argentine midfielder.

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17th minute– And just like that D.C. United is in the lead. Red Bulls defense looked terrible there.

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16th minute- GOAL D.C. United. And it’s Jaime Moreno with the finish.

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14th minute– Yellow on Juan Pietravallo for a foul on Moreno. Referee is a little cards.

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13th minute– Gabriel Cichero with a yellow for a foul on Emilio, who apparently needed a few seconds to feel the pain on that foul.

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11th minute– Not the prettiest game so far. On the bright side, it has stopped raining.

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10th minute– For those of you wondering, John Wolyniec is out with a knee injury. With Chris Megaloudis left off the roster, the Red Bulls have no natural forwards on the bench. Danleigh Borman is the most likely player to come in as a forward.

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7th minute– Red Bulls with the better of the play early but D.C. looks content to sit back early on.

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6th minute- Magee races onto a Sassano pass but can’t redirect it.

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1st minute– And we’re off. Joe Vide gets the start to say. Just a bit weird to see him in a D.C. uniform.

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PRE-GAME– D.C. playing with two defensive midfielders in a 4-4-2, not used to seeing that. Expect to see Moreno dropping back a bit.

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PRE-GAME– Yes, I forgot to list Mike Magee in the starting lineup. We’ll see if he shows up today.

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PRE-GAME– Here is the D.C. United lineup:

————Emilio——Moreno———–

Guerrero——————————Fred

————–Simms—Vide—————–

Burch—-Carroll—-McTavish—-Namoff

—————–Wells———————-

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PRE-GAME– Here is the Red Bulls starting lineup:

——————Angel————Magee————-

Van Den Bergh———-Rojas————-Stammler

————-Pietravallo——–Sassano ————–

Goldthwaite————Cichero—————Parke

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BENCH– Patterson-Sewell, Diego Jimenez, Chris Leitch, Carlos Mendes, Danleigh Borman, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Andrew Boyens

Cichero gets the start and now we’ll see the back-line Osorio has wanted to use for a while now (though I think Jimenez would be Osorio’s preferred left back).

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