Major League Soccer
New York Red Bulls 1-0 DC United
New York Red Bulls moved within two points of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United with a narrow 1-0 victory over DC United in the MLS on Sunday night.
Alejandro Gamarra scored the only goal of the night in the second half.
It was DC United who started the better side however and they came incredibly close just nine minutes in when Wayne Rooney’s free kick was just kept out by Luis Robles to his left.
The Red Bulls hit back just two minutes later when Michael Murillo started a great run along the right before giving the ball to Daniel Royer in acres of space who smashed it over the crossbar.
DC came close once again in the 25th minute when Júnior Moreno’s effort was well saved by Robles before Oniel Fisher headed over from Yamil Asad’s cross in the follow up.
The game continued to be end to end, and in the 38th minute Derrick Etienne made a run which eventually brought about a brilliant save to the right from DC’s Bill Hamid following a great pass by Bradley Wright-Phillips to start the move.
The Red Bulls nearly took the lead on the brink of half time when Aaron Long headed just over on the end of Marc Rzatkowski’s free kick.
The hosts started the second half stronger and came very close in the 52nd minute when Gamarra’s close range effort was parried to the left by Hamid.
Gamarra then took the lead just four minutes later with a left-footed strike on the edge of the box reaching the bottom right corner.
DC came close to an equaliser in the 66th minute after Luciano Acosta and Rooney linked up well but Fisher’s shot was blocked and Rooney hit the ball over the bar.
Few chances followed but after the visitors made changes, substitute Ulises Segora put in a good ball towards fellow sub Darren Mattocks in the 81st minute but he could only put the ball wide.
The Red Bulls could’ve and should’ve put the game to bed in added time when Andreas Ivan made a great run and put in a great ball towards Bradley Wright-Phillips who slipped.
New York Red Bulls: Robles, Murillo, Parker, Long, Lawrence, Rzatkowski, Adams, Etienne (Muyl 71), Gamarra (Davis 85), Royer (Ivan 71), Wright-Phillips.
Booked: Gamarra and Wright-Phillips
Subs not used: Lade, Meara, Escobar, White
DC United: Hamid, Fisher, Opare, Birnbaum, Mora, Canouse, Moreno, Asad (Stieber 49), Acosta (Segora 80), Arriola, Rooney (Mattocks 80).
Booked: Stieber, Arriola, Segora
Subs not used: Brillant, Durkin, Andriuskevicius, Worra