Contributed by Steven Torres
New York Red Bulls extended its unbeaten streak to five league matches after posting a 1:0 victory against visiting D.C. United on Sunday evening at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
D.C. had the first chance to open the scoring in the eighth-minute mark with a dangerous free kick outside NY’s 18-yard box. English World Cup forward Wayne Rooney took the visitors’ shot, however U.S. international goalkeeper Luis Robles made one-hand diving save for the Red Bulls.
Haitian international forward Derrick Etienne Jr. had the best opportunity for Red Bulls in the first half, but his 18-yard shot was saved by D.C. United’s goalkeeper Bill Hamid in 38th minute.
In the second half, Paraguayan international midfielder Kaku broke the scoreless deadlock, for the Red Bulls, when he fired a 25-yard rocket that beat U.S. international ‘keeper Hamid in the 56th minute.
Rooney had another chance to score for D.C., which would have been the equalizer, in the 66th minute, but his shot from eight yards hit the top of the Red Bulls’ cross bar.
The victory improved Red Bulls league record to 16-6-4, while D.C. United five-game unbeaten streak is snapped as it falls to 7-10-6 ledger.
08.26.2018: Harrison, N.J.; Red Bull Arena
NEW YORK RED BULLS – D.C. UNITED 1:0 (0:0)
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles-C – Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr. (71: Alex Muyl), Kaku (86: Sean Davis), Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, Tim Parker, Daniel Royer (71: Andreas Ivan), Marc Rzatkowski, Bradley Wright-Phillips. Booked: Wright-Phillps 9’, Kaku 37’
Coach: Chris ARMAS
D.C. United: Bill Hamid – Joseph Mora, Steve Birnbaum, Korfi Opare, Oneil Fisher, Junior Moreno, Russell Canouse, Paul Arriola, Yamil Asad (49: Zoltan Stieber), Luciano Acosta (80: Ulises Segura), Wayne Rooney-C (79: Darren Mattocks). Booked: Stieber 63’. Arriola 88’, Segura 90’+
Coach: Ben OLSEN
R: David GANTAR
Written by Steven Torres