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RECAP: D.C. United shuts down Red Bulls 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau

Kevin Paredes' early goal and Bill Hamid's defensive effort were all D.C. United needed to move back above the playoff line, defeating their bitter rivals, New York Red Bulls, 1-0. The loss puts an end to the Red Bulls' eight-match unbeaten streak, which vaulted the team in playoff position.

D.C. United needed a lift after their epic loss by NYCFC on Saturday, and in the 9th minute, they got just what they needed a through ball down the right-hand side found Nigel Robertha inside the 18-yard box. Robertha sent his pass across the face of the goal meant for Ola Kamara, but it was initially blocked by a sliding defender Sean Nealis, but the loose ball was picked by Kevin Parades who was trailing on the play, somehow got past defender Kyle Duncan and beat a diving Carlos Coronel to score his third of the season to put his team in front. 

Parades left the match after he picked up an injury in the 38th minute. From there, the Red Bulls began to pick up their play, earning free kicks, earning corners, and of course, making shots in the final third. One such attempt nearly had New York even the score in the 43rd minute as Kyle Duncan took a pass from Dru Yearwood, but his shot was saved by Hamid before the end came to a close.

The Red Bulls had another chance in the 57th minute when Patryk Klimala took a pass from Sean Davis in open play and bounded down the pitch toward the goal, with only Hamid to beat. However, he pulled his shot wide to his right, cementing a frustrating and fruitless evening for him and his teammates.

From there, New York simply could not get switched on to take control of the match, every corner was met with a timely effort by D.C. United defenders. Every scoring opportunity was squandered. Despite dominating the match statistically, simply put, this was not their night as by the final whistle the eight-match unbeaten streak was ended, and the team now finds themselves outside the playoff picture with three matches left to play.

Starting XI:

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Andy Najar (Chris Odoi-Atsem, 65’), Steven Birnbaum, Donovan Pines, Junior Moreno, Russell Canouse, Paul Arriola (Drew Skundrich, HT), Kevin Paredes (9')(Joseph Mora, 38’), Julian Gressel (Brendan Hines-Ike, 77’), Ola Kamara, Nigel Robertha (Ramon Abila, 77’)

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Tom Edwards (Tom Barlow, 77’), Andrew Gutman, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes (Lucas Monzón, 68’), Kyle Duncan, Sean Davis, Dru Yearwood (Youba Diarra, 68’), Cristian Cásseres, Jr., Fábio (Wiki Carmona, 58’), Patryk Klimala (Daniel Royer, 69’)

Scoring Summary:
9' - (D.C. United) Kevin Paredes assisted by Nigel Robertha

Disciplinary Summary:
36' - (D.C. United) Junior Moreno - Yellow card
64' - (D.C. United) Andy Najar - Yellow card

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