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Recap: RBNY Drop Points with 1-1 Draw to DC

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - Amid the backdrop of the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks that affected both cities, the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United resumed their bitter rivalry at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

The match got off to a flying start, and the Red Bulls didn't waste time getting on the scoreboard. Just 6 minutes into the match, forward Patryk Klimala won the ball in United's defensive end and slotted it over to Dru Yearwood, who buried the match's first goal of the match, and his first in his MLS career, 1-0.

D.C. United tried to respond just two minutes later from a corner kick. Julian Gressel's cross met the foot of Steven Brinibaum, but New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel was up to the task, making a key save to keep the visitors off the scoresheet.

The Red Bulls were nearly home free until defender Seas Nealis was whistled for a handball in the penalty area in the 44th minute which was confirmed by VAR. Sean received a yellow card, and Ola Kamara converted the penalty kick, scoring his 13th goal of the season, bringing the visitors level before the half came to a close.

The action in the second half featured Harrison, New Jersey native Omar Sowe made his Major League Soccer debut in the 70th minute, substituting for Patryk Klimala.

The teams traded golden opportunities to win the match down the stretch. D.C. United had a chance to put the match away in the 80th minute as Julian Gressel's cross found the head of Yordy Reyna, but his header sailed high and over the net. 

The Red Bulls had a chance to put the match away just two minutes later, as Fabio took a pass from Tom Edwards, but his shot went wide to his right cementing a frustrating evening as the home side couldn't capture three points from their bitter rivals as the match ended in a draw, failing to earn a victory for the ninth time in ten attempts.

They won't have much time to dwell on this latest result as they will try again to get three points, only this time, they will have to get it on the road against the defending MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew on Tuesday.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Andrew Gutman, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes, Tom Edwards; Sean Davis, John Tolkin (Youba Diarra, 79’), Dru Yearwood (Cristian Cásseres, Jr, 55’), Wiki Carmona (Omir Fernandez, HT), Caden Clark (Fábio, 55’), Patryk Klimala (Omar Sowe, 70’)

D.C. United: Jon Kempin; Tony Alfaro, Steve Birnbaum, Donovan Pines; Russell Canouse, Paul Arriola (Ramon Abila, 63’), Drew Skundrich (Felipe, 63’), Yordy Reyna (Yamil Asad, 87’), Kevin Paredes, Julian Gressel, Ola Kamara (Joseph Mora, 87’)

Scoring Summary:
6' - (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood assisted by Patryk Klimala
44' - (D.C. United) Ola Kamara - converted penalty kick

Disciplinary Summary:
44' - (New York Red Bulls) Sean Nealis - Yellow card
50' - (D.C. United) Drew Skndrich - Yellow card
75' - (New York Red Bulls) Tom Edwards - Yellow card


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