Red Bulls Give Up Two Goal Lead In D.C.

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The New York Red Bulls settled for a 2-2 draw against D.C. United on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Felipe scored to extend New York’s unbeaten streak to eight MLS games.

New York is now 25-34-11 all-time against D.C., and 10-21-6 at RFK Stadium.

The match kicked off as scheduled, but a weather delay called in the 10th minute would last approximately 75 minutes.

Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 38th minute, using his first touch to redirect a pass from Mike Grella by D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid. The goal was Wright-Phillips 15th of the season, making him just the fourth player in MLS history to record 15 goals or more in three consecutive MLS seasons.

Felipe doubled the advantage in the 64th minute, finding a pass across the box from Wright-Phillips and firing a low shot that beat Hamid inside the near post. Wright-Phillips earned as assist on the play.

Six minutes later, D.C. would cut New York’s lead in half on a Marcelo Sarvas goal from the penalty spot. United would then draw even when former New York City FC forward Patrick Mullins found the back of the net in the 73rd minute.

Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch noted the change in level of play among both teams when New York took at two goal lead.

“Until 2-0 we were winning so many battles and foot races and aerial duels and managing to find Sacha [Kljestan] so he can put a play together in their end,” he said. “Then they flipped a switch and got more aggressive, and we stopped winning those battles. So how much of it is them and how much of it is us? You have to give them some credit, but it’s a trend that we’ve seen with us and we’ve got to figure out how to address it.”

New York has earned 2-2 draws in its last four road MLS outings. The undefeated streak stands at eight in MLS and 10 overall with a home win over Antigua GFC and a road draw against Alianza FC in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

Daniel Royer made his New York debut in the match, replacing Mike Grella in the 76th minute.

New York returns home next weekend to host another Eastern Conference rival, as the New England Revolution visit Red Bull Arena on Sunday, August 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Red Bulls Radio.