Red Bulls Sneak Past D.C. United

Red Bulls, D.C. United
D.C. United’s Luciano Acosta (10) shoots against New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31). Photo: Scott Taetsch-USA Today Sports

Wednesday’s battle between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United featured a bit of everything. Two red cards and a penalty kick were among the highlights of the match won by New York 2-1 at Audi Field.

With the final whistle blowing just past the 100th-minute mark, New York earned three vital points and moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of D.C.

The Red Bulls jumped out to an early lead when Kaku scored in the sixth minute. The Argentinian took advantage of sloppy defensive play by D.C. and fired a low shot that beat United keeper Bill Hamid.

While Kaku’s goal was the only tally of the first half, referee Ismail Elfath had a busy first 45 minutes. He handed out red cards to D.C.’s Wayne Rooney in the 24th minute for violent conduct and New York’s Amro Tarek three minutes into stoppage time for unsporting behavior.

With both teams playing down a man in the second half, D.C. United would strike in the 55th minute when Ola Kamara beat Luis Robles with a bending shot to the far post to tie the game at one.

However, just four minutes later, the home side was whistled for a penalty when Michael Murillo was taken down in the box. Daniel Royer stepped up to the spot to score his ninth goal of the season — and third penalty conversion of the season — to give the Red Bulls the lead.

Robles was credited with two saves, but stood tall several times, including crucial stops down the stretch to keep New York in the lead.

The Red Bulls continue Rivalry Week with a trip to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC on Saturday, August 24. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.