New York Red Bulls continue push for top spot with DC United victory

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls 1-0 DC United

Gamarra 56

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

Attendance: 22,324

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Game to forget for Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew as they share points

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Chicago Fire 1-1 Columbus Crew

Nikolic 67            Hansen 87

Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew shared the points in what was a disappointing advert for the MLS at Toyota Park on Thursday evening.

Chicago took the lead through Nemanja Nikolic midway through the second half before his goal was cancelled out by Niko Hansen moments from time.

Bottom club Chicago were looking to get back to winning ways following a 2-1 defeat to Montreal Impact last week, while Columbus were looking to cement fourth place in the East Section table.

The Crew started well and just two minutes in Justin Meram put in a good ball on the left but striker Gyasi Sardes couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

The hosts almost scored two minutes later when Djordje Mihailovic was through on goal only for his effort to go just past the keeper and the post.

Pedro Santos then came close for the visitors in the 26th minute when his shot on the edge of the box was pushed wide by Stefan Cleveland.

Ten minutes from half time, Crew came incredibly close yet again when Ricardo Clark’s header on the end of a corner was cleared off the line by Michael de Leeuw.

It wasn’t until the 62nd minute when the next chance came for the visitors. Artur’s effort went just wide following some poor defending from a corner.

However it was the hosts that took the lead five minutes later when Milton Valenzuela horrifically passed the ball back towards his keeper only for Nikolic to intercept the pass and and bury the ball in the bottom right corner.

Fire later had a penalty shout in the 75th minute when Raheem Edwards appeared to be brought down in the box but the ref gave a corner.

The visitors stomped up the pressure and ten minutes later, they came close when Hansen found himself one-on-one only for the keeper to stop the lob in its tracks.

The same player got an equaliser just moments later when he tapped home on the end of an excellent cross by Patrick Mullins.

Chicago nearly got a late winner through Brant Bonico in added time following substitute Aleksandar Katai’s great run on the left but his effort was saved well by the visiting keeper as the two sides shared the points.

Chicago Fire: Cleveland, Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Vincent, Hassler, McCarty (c), Bronico (Gordon 90+3), Edwards, Mihailovic (Adams 66), De Leeuw (Katai 60), Nikolic.

Booked: Schweinsteiger, De Leeuw, Katai

Subs not used: Conner, Johnsonz Dean, Sanchez

Columbus Crew: Steffen, Afful, Williams, Sauro (Mullins 81), Valenzuela, Clark (Higuain 57), Trapp (c), Santos, Artur, Meram (Hansen 57), Zardes.

Booked: Higuain

Subs not used: Mensah, Grella, Jimenez, Kempin.

Attendance: 8,551

DC United one step closer to MLS Play-Offs with New England Revolution victory

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DC United 2-0 New England Revolution

Acosta 13

Stieber 89

DC United enhanced their play-off credentials with a 2-0 victory over New England Revolution in the MLS at Audi Field last night.

Luciano Acosta took the lead for DC early in the first half before substitute Zoltan Stieber put the game to bed in the dying moments.

A win for either side was crucial with both teams looking for a play off spot, and six points separated the two sides before the game.

It was the away side that had the first chance of the game just two minutes in as Teal Bunbury and Diego Fagúndez linked up well only for the latter’s underhit shot to cause no problems for keeper Joseph Mora.

United’s first chance came in an unusual fashion in the tenth minute when Michael Mancienne nearly put the ball in his own net after a free kick on the right from fellow Englishman Wayne Rooney and then Russell Canouse’s rebound was kept out by keeper Matt Turner.

The hosts had the lead just three minutes later when Paul Arriola beat Brandon Bye on the right and put the ball in to Acosta who fired home in the top left corner.

Acosta nearly had another goal in the 19th minute when his long range effort went through keeper Turner’s legs but it was cleared off the line by Luis Caicedo.

DC captain Rooney came close in the 27th minute when he was through on goal but his right-footed effort was curled wide.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half and the first real chance in the second half fell to New England’s Fagúndez, whose shot from the right hand side went just wide in the 55th minute.

The visitors went down to ten men 17 minutes later when midfielder Scott Caldwell was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Rooney nearly put the game to bed in the 86th minute when he was through on goal but he lobbed the ball over the keeper and onto the top netting.

Instead it was Stieber settled the game for United. He made a great run down the right and fired the ball in the top left hand corner to secure a deserved win for the hosts.

DC United: Hamid, Fisher, Opare, Birnbaum, Mora, Canouse, Moreno, Arriola (Stieber 60), Acosta (Mattocks 87), Asad (Segura 81), Rooney (c)

Booked: Canouse

Unused subs: Ousted, Brillant, Durkin, Andriuskevicius

New England Revolution: Turner, Farrell (c), Dalamea, Mancienne, Bye (Wright 81), Agudelo (Zahibo 45), Caicedo, Caldwell, Penilla, Bunbury, Fagúndez

Booked: Agudelo, Caicedo, Caldwell

Sent off: Caldwell

Attendance: 20,198