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Report: Formal Approach Made to Barnsley Manager Gerhard Struber by New York

New York Red Bulls have made a formal appraoch to Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber to take over as head coach. The news comes from Rob Staton at BBC Yorkshire Sports and could indicate that the vacant spot could be filled rather quickly. Struber has experience with the Red Bull organization and has worked in the English system where current Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell made his biggest impression. Struber's coaching career started with Red Bull Salzburg in 2009 with the team's U-19 club. He remained with the organization until 2018, moving between various youth clubs until taking on the coaching job with FC Liefering. The Austrian lower-division club is one of the main funnels for Red Bull talent with numerous players having made their way through the feeder system. The Austrian coach left Red Bull in 2019 to take the job with EFL Championship club Barnsley. Over 38 games Struber narrowly avoided relegation by just one point after posting a 14-8-16 record. While not incredibly

Barlow Shows What is Possible with 2 Against Montreal

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls striker Tom Barlow is one of many on the team that was finding it hard to score goals but an outburst that helped lead the team to victory over Montreal may be what the 25-year-old American was looking for. Both efforts represented his first two goals of the season and could boost his confidence as New York hopes to secure their playoff aspirations. "It was tough for a little while," said Barlow after the game. "I felt like I was getting into some good positions but it just wasn't falling. I'm lucky that my coaches and teammates keep encouraging me, telling me I'm getting into the right spots and eventually it'll fall. Just keep working." Barlow is yet another USL product as he was effectively knocking in goals for New York Red Bulls II over the past two seasons. Now, as a full fledged member of the MLS roster, the stakes are much higher and Barlow knows that a prolonged drought could lead to the loss of his

RECAP: Red Bulls race past Montreal Impact 4-1

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls were able to answer from an early wonder strike from Bojan, but Tom Barlow responded with a brace, and additional goals from Danny Royer and Kaku helped to turn back the Montreal Impact, 4-1 at Red Bull Arena. Former club captain and club legend Thierry Henry made his return to Harrison now as the head coach of the Montreal Impact, looking for a win at the place he once called home. Unfortunately for him and his desperate side, after being confined to a hotel for eight days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his team found no such comfort at Red Bull Arena. Montreal had started off pretty well just four minutes into the match when Impact forward Bojan took a pass from Victor Wanyama and launched a rocket into the upper left corner of the net, far from the outstretched hands of goalkeeper David Jensen to put the Impact ahead, 1-0 However, the Red Bulls would answer twice courtesy of Tom Barlow. First, he ended his slump by scoring his first o

Leipzig Take Point Against Leverkusen on the Road

RB Leipzig claimed a big point on the road against Bayer Leverkusen, a team that many feel will be in the top four come the end of the season. The game was the first away from East Germany for Julian Nagelsmann's men and he felt strongly that the result was well deserved. "Of course we would have liked to win," said Nagelsmann after the game. "If you look at the course of the game, a draw was a fair result. We started really well and deservedly took the lead but after the equalizer and the substitution to Yussi (Yussef Poulsen), we lost our handle on the game." Leipzig was dangerous early when Emil Forsberg ran down the sideline and put a ball into the middle of the box for Kevin Kampl. The midfielder put the ball wide but set the stage for what was to come. Minutes later Forsberg made sure to not waste his chance, burying and effort past the Leverkusen keeper for the lead.  "We started the game well and the first 10 to 15 minutes were really strong,"

RECAP: Atlanta United 2 Torches New York Red Bulls II, 5-3

With the top two playoffs spots in Group F already clinched, by Pittsburgh and Harford, the 2020 USL Championship season was reduced to nothing more than a series of glorified training match as the New York Red Bulls II arrive at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. However, They would be on the wrong end of a high-scoring affair, as Jackson Conway scored a brace, and Amir Bashti had a goal and an assist as Atlanta United 2 handed the Red Bulls their second straight loss, 5-3. In a wild and back-and-forth first half, Atlanta took a two-goal lead with a pair of goals three minutes apart. Conway notched the first in the 17th minute as Bashti found Phillip Goodrum in space on the right, and his cross was headed home by Conway into the right corner of the net. Bashti then added the second in the 20th minute as Jack Gurr stretched delivered the ball to the attacking midfielder in the penalty area, and Bashti turned onto his left foot as he controlled and fired home from close to the penalty spot. New

RECAP: New York Red Bulls pounds Inter Miami, 4-1

(photo by Matt Kremkau) Just a scant four days after losing a match at home in embarrassing fashion to FC Cincinnati, the New York Red Bulls flew south in search of some much-needed points on the road against a former captain and club legend Luis Robles against Inter Miami CF. They were able to do just that, riding an opening penalty-kick goal by Mandela Egbo and goals from Brian White, Ben Mines and Daniel Royer propelled the Red Bulls to a 4-1 victory. Egbo was able to get the Red Bulls on the board early in the 14th minute after Blaise Matuidi got his feet tangled with Stroud in his own penalty area, which drew a penalty whistle from referee Alex Chilowitcz. That allowed Egbo to cooly send Robles the wrong way, slotting home the finish to give the visitors the quick lead they were looking for. After falling behind 1-0, Inter Miami was able fight back and equalize the match in the 38th minute as former Red Bull midifleder Juan Agudelo slotted the ball past goalkeeper David Jensen int

Report: Alexander Sorloth Set to Sign with Leipzig

Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth is set to move from Crystal Palace to RB Leipzig according to reports . This move comes after interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur has seemingly been rejected. The near 24 million Euro deal is meant to fill the large hole left by the departure of both Timo Werner and Patrik Schick. Manager Julian Nagelsmann did sign Hwang Hee-chan in the off-season but the Korean forward is more of a playmaker than a finisher and the squad will need more depth if they hope to make a deep run in all competitions. Sorloth, 24-years-old, is at the higher end of the age scale than fans are normally accustomed to with Leipzig transfers. However it is a move that appears to be beneficial for both parties. Sorloth will leave Crystal Palace, where he never quite fit in. Despite making the move from Midtjylland 2018, the striker made only 16 appearances over two seasons and was loaned out quickly. His first move was to Gent in Belgium and then a two-year loan

Nagelsmann Sets Sobering Expectations for Leipzig

RB Leipzig have entered the 2020-21 season with high hopes from the fanbase but manager Julian Nagelsmann appears to be bringing those expectations back down to earth. Despite a great start with wins over Nurnberg and Mainz, the team has sobering expectations. "We want to finish in the top four and have a good Champions League but we don't have expectations of reaching the semifinals," said Nagelsmann. "We also would like to get further in the DFB Pokal this season and we've already made a good start in doing that." These are odd comments to make since the team has finished in the top four in all but one season since joining the Bundesliga five seasons ago. The expectations for a team with this type of talent is normally much higher. In their first campaign, Leipzig finished second, behind Bayern Munich and have scored wins over Dortmund and Leverkusen in the past. Why their aspirations shouldn't be the top of the table is a mystery. Lowering expectation

Nagelsmann: "It Could Have Been Seven or Eight"

RB Leipzig continued to dominate Mainz 05 with a 3-1 win in their season opener but manager Julian Nagelsmann feels his team could have won by even more. The club had many opportunities and dominated possession throughout the contest. "If we'd have taken all of our chances, it could have been seven or eight," said Nagelsmann about the scoreline.  "We had a lot of great players on the pitch. Dani (Olmo) and Emil (Forsberg) are fantastic players who like to have the ball at their feet. They played superbly together. That is a great achievement against a defense which was sitting deep." From the beginning of the game Mainz was interested in containing Leipzig. Just one season prior the East German club scored a total of 13 goals in the Bundesliga against them. Despite their best efforts, Leipzig still dominated and were able to find the back of the net easily. First with Forsberg's penalty kick conversion and then with veteran striker Yussuf Poulsen.  The goal-

RECAP - Leipzig Dominate Mainz with 3-1 Win

RB Leipzig begin their 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign with a convincing win over Mainz 05 on Sunday morning, 3-1. First half goals from Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen put the game out of reach early, despite a bit of a fight from Mainz in the second half. Still, it was a dominant performance to continue the East German club's league success. Mainz and Leipzig have had a one-sided battle over the last year with Leipzig scoring a surprising 13 goals in both fixtures last year. A new season has brought the same result as the winners dominated possession and shots throughout the contest.  The first goal came in the 17th minute when midfielder Dani Olmo was brought down in the box, sending Forsberg to the line. The Swedish attacking player converted the effort and sent his club on an offensive outburst that lasted the remainder of the half. A cross just minutes later found the head of Poulsen who lightly headed a ball over the Mainz keeper to double the lead. Early in the second half Mai

Carnell Still Sees Positives as NYRB Find New Ways to Lose

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls interim head coach Bradley Carnell still continues to push the narrative that there are positives around the team's recent run of performances despite the team finding new and interesting ways to lose games. The latest was a late Olimpico from Haris Medunjanin that handed the game and the season series to FC Cincinnati. "I took away a lot of positives tonight," said Carnell. "I saw a lot of belief in the players. I saw a lot of energy in the players. The first 15 to 20 minutes it tooks us a while to find out the kind of game that they're going to put us in and we expected that when we saw Vasquez up top with Locadia. So we knew it was going to be more direct." It is the same kind of rhetoric that came from former head coach Chris Armas and the results have remained the same. Carnell has changed the lineup some what but has found little success. The team is now adrift and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the

RECAP - Late Olimpico by FC Cincinnati trips up Red Bulls, 1-0

(photo by Matt Kremkau) Fresh off a much-needed win against D.C. United at Audi Field, the New York Red Bulls face a desperate FC Cincinnati team that hasn't won a single match since defeating them 2-1 during the "MLS is Back" Tournament in Orlando back in July. The first half was a wise-open, physical affair with both teams on the attack right after kickoff, but FC Cincinnati had more opportunities on the attack. Brandon Vasquez had a chance to put them ahead in the 34th minute, but the goal would be called off due to him being caught offside on the play. While FC Cincinnati's goalkeeper was rarely tested, Jensen on the other hand, was busy keeping them off the scoreboard in the 20th minute, with Jurgen Locadia taking a great pass from Haris Medunjanin, raced down the pitch only to be denied by Jensen stretching out to block the shot.  In the second half, it would be more of the same, while the Red Bulls would have issues in the final their with their chances, FC Cin

Daka Scores Leading Salzburg to Win in Bundesliga Opener

Patson Daka scored early to lead Red Bull Salzburg past Wolfsberger FC in the Austrian Bundesliga season opener. The game was dominated by the reigning champions' usual high-pressure offense and accentuated the level of play Jesse Marsch and his side have produced. "I've learned that it's not easy to play here," said Marsch after the game. "We have to be warriors on the pitch and ready for a real battle. The performance was decent and we had control of the match. We aren't in top form, which is normal for the first match, but it was an important win." Daka may feel cheated by the game's first goal, an own-goal off of a shot from the Zambian striker. The ball took a deflection and bounced past the keeper for the opening salvo. From there a 27th minute effort was no doubt after bringing the ball down to his foot with his chest for the finish. All signs pointed to an easy three points from there with Wolfsberger showing little fight despite being at

Loss in Champions League Has Given Leipzig "Even More Confidence"

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is confident in his new team after a 3-0 win against FC Nurnberg in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. The experience the team had in the UEFA Champions League appears to have brought the club closer together and give them the extra boost of motivation needed to hunt trophies in 2021. "The games in the UEFA Champions League gave us even more confidence and we showed that on the pitch," said Nagelsmann who watched three different players score goals. "The team worked really well together, even though we had some new players out there. Everyone played their part." Of the notable new players was Hwang Hee-chan who is expected to carry the workload for ex-striker Timo Werner. On more than a few occasions Hwang was in the right position to be a threat. He was also very good on the ball as a distributor, giving Leipzig more options behind the tip of the spear. Another player who made his mark was Tyler Adams who appears to be a consistent firs

RECAP: Red Bulls bounce back over D.C. United, 2-0

(photo by Matt Kremkau) The last time these to long-time rivals faced off at Red Bull Arena ten days ago, the Red Bulls suffered a 1-0 loss deep into stoppage time. Sorga scored the lone goal that ended the coaching career of Chris Armas. With Bradley Carnell now at the helm on an interim basis, winning the match was essential to soothe the frustrated fanbase's jangled nerves. The match began just like the first as both teams exhibited sloppy, disjointed play on the attack. Things would begin to open up later in the first half, despite the Red Bulls not registering a single shot on goal. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls' scoring drought had reached 263 minutes before tonight's kickoff. Supporters and pundits were wondering where the goals would come from. Even more importantly, some have openly questioned if the Red Bulls were ever going to on the scoreboard again. Wonder no more. In the 29th minute, off a free-kick, Kaku drilled a magnificent ball in the box, which met the head of

RECAP: Leipzig Dominate Nurnberg and Advance in DFB Pokal

RB Leipzig make easy work of FC Nurnberg with a 2-0 win in the second round of the DFB Pokal. Goals in either half from Amadou Haidara and Yussuf Poulsen were the difference with the East German powerhouse dominating possession and the chances for much of the contest. Nurnberg found themselves down early in the first half when Haidara pounced on a ball outside the box as unleashed an shot past the keeper. The situation started when Mathenia mishandled the ball out of the backfield, leading to an opportunity by new striker Hwang Hee-chan but required Haidara to finish. For the remainder of the half Leipzig pushed forward but created few opportunities. Nurnberg was compact but it was only a matter of time before Julian Nagelsmann's men broke through. That breakthrough came in the second half after substitute Poulsen converted a cutback pass from Hwang. The Danish striker stood in the middle of the box with few defenders around him, making his goal a relatively easy one. From there Nu

Salzburg Squash Bregenz in Austrian Cup First Round

Red Bull Salzburg started their 2020-21 campaign with a 10-goal rout against Bregenz on Wednesday afternoon. Patson Daka wowed viewers with four goals while six others added to the lower league opposition's pain. "We showed great concentration and mentality in the first half," said manager Jesse Marsch. "We showed a lot of our virtues and kept another clean sheet, which we always aim for. It was a good start as we look towards our league opener against Wolfsberg." The onslaught started in the 13th minute when Sekou Koita was played through and expertly put the ball past the keeper. The pressure continued with a penalty awarded to Salzburg just four minutes later. Daka connected for his first goal of the campaign and doubling the lead. Six minutes later the team's striker scored again, effectively burying the game. Daka's next two efforts came in the 38th and 39th minute, adding to his impressive performance and keeping the Austrian champs' momentum g

Sowe, Clark power New York Red Bulls II past Philadelphia Union II, 6-0

Omar Sowe had a hat trick and Caden Clark notched two goals and one assist as the Red Bulls II romped past the Union II at MSU Soccer Park to reduce the gap to seven points between themselves and second-placed Harford Athletic in Group F  Omar Sowe returned to the Red Bulls lineup after suffering from an injury earlier in the season, and his appearance made a difference as he had multiple chances to put the home side ahead. Just seven minutes in the match, he earned a penalty kick after being fouled by Union II goalkeeper Matthew Freese.  However, Chris Lema failed to capitalize on this great opportunity; Freese saved his left-footed shot after the ball hit the inside of the goalpost.  The first half remained dominated by the hosts, though and both Sowe and Jake LaCava managed to hit the right post three minutes apart. Late in the first half, though, Sowe was clinical to put the Red Bulls II ahead. First, in the final minute of regulation, he outmuscled Union II defender Ben Ofeimu and

Angelino Remains at Leipzig on Loan

RB Leipzig had to settle with Manchester City with regards to wingback Angelino, keeping him on for an additional season on loan. The move comes after reports that Leipzig were nearing a deal to keep the Spaniard permanently. Despite the loan agreement, Leipzig will have the ability to buy the player for the four years at the end of the of season. "Angel hasn't needed much time to settle in with us," said Head of Sport Markus Krosche. "He's understood our brand of football from the start. He did very well in the round and also helped us achieve our goals in the Champions League. He's made a great impact with us." Angelino joined on loan from Manchester City last season and had an uphill climb with then new manager Julian Nagelsmann. Lower in the depth chart, the Spaniard had to prove himself but quickly did so and made himself indispensable by the end of the campaign. In total the 23-year-old made 17 appearances for Leipzig and scored one goal over that

Leipzig Sign Hertha Youngster Lazar Samardzic

RB Leipzig continue their youth movement with the signing of 18-year-old Hertha Berlin midfielder Lazar Samardzic. The young German international has wowed scouts in his youth academy and will now be stepping up to be a part of the East German club's depth. "Lazar Samardzic is one of the biggest German talents," said Sporting Director Markus Krosche. "Although a number of other European teams were interested in him, we were able to convince him to move to RB Leipzig. We believe Lazar can take the next step with us here." The move is a typical one from Leipzig who have become a model organization for gathering youthful talent. Their track record also shows that those players make the field with one of the youngest sides in the Bundesliga and a high level of turnover to other teams throughout Europe. Players like Timo Werner made their Champions League debut with the club before making a big money move to England. Samardzic joins at at time when the team will be l

Report: Leipzig Close to Finalizing Move for Angelino

Manchester City loanee RB Leipzig is close to completing a move to the Bundesliga with the East German side according to Kicker . The news comes after both sides seemed to be at an impasse over bringing in the Spaniard. Now, it appears that he may become a permanent part of the Leipzig side. Angelino has been a journeyman since signing with Manchester City back in 2014. His loan spells included visits to NYCFC, Girona, Mallorca and PSV before ending up with manager Julian Nagelsmann in Germany. While he found minutes in other sides, it was in Leipzig that he made a statement as a starter. wingback is a position that Leipzig are overflowing in but the 23-year-old made it difficult for Nagelsmann to choose between him, Lukas Klostermann or Marcel Halstenberg. Once the season ended, Leipzig made it a top priority to bring back the player and make him a permanent part of the team. The move makes the most sense for Angelino who has found himself on the outside of Pep Guardiola's plans a

New Coach, Same Result. Union bounce Red Bulls, 3-0

(photo by Matt Kremkau) Just two days after Chris Armas was relieved of his duties as head coach, Bradley Carnell stepped in to begin his era as interim coach only to see the same result - this time with a terrible loss at home to the Philadephia Union, 3-0. Before this match began, the Red Bulls were unbeaten in the last five games against Philadephia at Red Bull Arena in the regular season (3-0-2) and not allowed a single goal to the Union in the previous three games at RBA, However, that streak was ended emphatically in the 31st minute when Brenden Aaronson scored the opening goal. Alejandro Bedoya's brilliant pass found Aaronson wide open and, with his first touch, blasted his shot off the far post for his third goal of the season. The Red Bulls had their chance to equalize one hour in the match when Kaku found defender Kyle Duncan with a near-perfect pass that crosses the field, and the outside back passed the ball square in front of the goal, but Tom Barlow's attempt went

New York Red Bulls II end losing streak, power through Loudon United, 3-2

LEESBURG, VA - After four frustrating losses filled with mistakes leading to them conceding early goals, the New York Red Bulls II finally get it right. Right from kickoff, they worked their high-press almost to perfection early and often, putting the home side on their heels. Instead of making the litany of mistakes that have plagued the team during this four-match losing streak, the Red Bulls would be the ones in front as Jake LaCava scored his first goal of the season thanks to a terrific through ball from Caden Clark in the 19th minute. They almost had an opportunity to double their advantage when Cherif Dieye was fouled in the box by Elvis Amoah in the 24th minute. However, he would fail to capitalize as his attempt was blocked by United goalkeeper Colin Miller.  United would be rewarded in the 40th minute as midfielder Michael Gamble's pass would find a wide-open Kairou Amoustapha, who would dance between the Red Bull defenders to equalize the match at one. Undaunted, the Red

Mistakes, poor play return as the Riverhounds throttle Red Bulls II, 3-0

HARRISON, NJ - With time quickly running out in their USL Championship season, the last thing the New York Red Bulls II needed was a bad loss after finally putting an end to a horrendous four-match losing streak by getting a much-needed win against Loudon United last week in Leesburg, VA. And a bad loss is what exactly happened tonight at Red Bull Arena as the Riverhounde battered and bullied the home side 3-0. The on-again, off-again offense that was in display last week was missing in action. Even more disturbing the team registered just one shot on goal in the entire match. Despite holding the Riverhounds scoreless throughout the first half, they finally have broken through in stoppage time as forward Ropapa Mensah tipped the ball past goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley, while Roy Boateng exhibited some poor defending to put the visitors in the lead, 1-0 In the second, things got decidedly worse for the home side. And, just as many times before this season, silly mistakes would be the culpri

Red Bulls Become Thelwell's Team As Coaching Search Begins

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell now holds the power after his dismissal of team head coach Chris Armas. Much like Ali Curtis before him, Thelwell now wields the power to push the team in a new direction, one where the team's success on the field is paramount. "What we'd like to do is frame the aspirations of the club," said Thelwell during the press conference. "Then understand what our identity and our philosophy is in terms of the football and the make-up of the roster. Then draw together a shortlist of the candidates we think can fit into those processes." Upheaval at Red Bulls used to be the norm but since 2015 and the ascension of Jesse Marsch, the team has been a pillar of stability in MLS. Their successes on the field have been limited to Supporters Shield victories, however they were still seen as contenders for major trophies. Now, the feeling of uncertainty has returned to the club. A feeling that hasn't

Red Bulls part ways with head coach Chris Armas

Apparently, enough was enough. The New York Red Bulls have relieved Chris Armas his head coaching duties on Friday, ending a two-season career that saw the team one win away from winning the Eastern Conference championship against Atlanta United, to a woeful, chronically underperforming squad that was often frustrating to watch. Assistant coach CJ Brown was also removed from his post as well. Armas became the 16th head coach in the team's history in July of 2018. During his first season, the team went on a 12-3-3 run capturing the team's third Supporters Shield title as well as qualification for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. In 2019, he lead the team to a 14-14-6 record, finishing 6th in the Eastern Conference and reached the playoffs but they would be eliminated in CONCACAF Champions League by after cruising by Atletico Pantoja in the round of sixteen, they would be eliminated in the quarter-finals by Santos Laguna, 6-2 in aggregate. The team didn't fare well in the

Upamecano Admits to Talks Despite Contract Extension

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has admitted that he has had conversations with clubs across Europe despite a recent contract extension with the East German club. The young Frenchman spoke on the issue ahead of his first senior team appearance for the French National team. "I am targeted by several clubs," said Upamecano. "I speak with clubs but I have time. We will see what happens in the future." The 21-year-old has become a hot commodity around Europe and most recently has been linked with a move to Manchester United. Upamecano made 37 appearances last season for Leipzig and helped them get to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. They are expected to take a major step forward this coming season and compete against the likes of Dortmund and Bayern Munich after finishing in third place. Upamecano still hasn't reached his full potential and Leipzig would love to keep him for at least another season. A similar issue happened with striker Timo Werner w

RB Leipzig to Allow Fans into Stadium for Home Opener

RB Leipzig were happy to announce that a select number of fans will be permitted to attend the team's home opener against Mainz on September 20th. The agreement made with the city of Leipzig will have 8,500 fans in the spectator and hospitality sections of Red Bull Arena. The agreement is a unique one in that fans from outside of the city will be unable to attend. Also, no traveling fans for away teams will be allowed into the venue. All spectators will have to wear masks or face coverings and no alcohol will be served until at least the end of October. Fans in attendance will also provide contact information in case of infection. The Bundesliga, which was the first of the major football leagues to resume play, is also becoming one of the first to allow fans into stadiums in such large numbers. Should this be successful, future stages are planned towards getting venues back to full capacity.  Leipzig, who finished in third place last season, will begin play in the league on Septemb

Sorga's late goal in stoppage time sinks Red Bulls

(photo by Matt Kremkau) For the 80th time of their regular-season history, two of the oldest and most intense of rivals clashed at Red Bull Arena, and if history is a guide on how these matches go, then this one wasn't a disappointment. With 4 key members of the starting IX unavailable due to injuries, and Bill Hamid not making the trip due to "personal reasons", DC United entered the match in bad shape, leaving the Red Bulls with a major opportunity to score some goals. A problem that the team has been experiencing thus far in the 2020 regular season. The Red Bulls would dominate the first half with the plethora of scoring chances, with forward Tom Barlow leading the way with four of the ten shots on goal. In one such instance, he nearly grabbed the first goal of the match, but his shot was first saved by United goalkeeper Chris Seitz, and the immediate follow-up shot was banged off the post. D.C. United would be held to just two shots on goal as forward Ola Kamara's