In boxing, the tale of the tape is the pre-fight measurements between the two combatants. In 2013, we're telling the tale of the tape between D.C. United and its foe of the week.
The final leg of the 2013 Atlantic Cup will take place tonight as D.C. United visits the New York Red Bulls. In the first leg of the series on 3/16, United gained a road point with a 0-0 draw, and in the second clash between the sides on 4/13, New York claimed a 2-0 victory at RFK Stadium. Conceived in 2002, the Atlantic Cup is a trophy awarded to the victor of the regular-season serried between United and the Red Bulls. In 11 total series since the Atlantic Cup’s inception, United has lifted the trophy nine times. To defend its title, the Black-and-Red must defeat New York by at least a two-goal margin.
Maestro vs. NYRB
Dwayne De Rosario has a knack for finding the back of the net against his former teams. In total, De Rosario has scored six goals against the I-95 rival, eight goals against Toronto FC, six goals against the San Jose Earthquakes and four goals against the Houston Dynamo for a total of 24 strikes.
D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have faced each other 61 times in the history of MLS, having both been founder members of the League in 1996. That total of 61 games is the most D.C. United has faced another team, registering a 31-21-9 all-time record.
New York State of Mind
In the last six road games against the I-95 rival New York Red Bulls, D.C. United is 3-1-2, with the team’s lone loss coming on June 24, 2012 in a 3-2 defeat at Red Bull Arena. In fact, no one has defeated the Red Bulls more in New York than the Black-and-Red, boasting a 13-11-5 overall road record. Additionally, United’s defense has only allowed 38 away goals in 29 games in New York, a 1.31 GAA.
Since D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls first began their rivalry, United leads the Red Bulls in almost every offensive category, including goals (116 to 89), shots (871 to 729), shots on goal (406 to 317) and corner kicks (363 to 267). The Black-and-Red also lead the all-time regular season series with a record of 31-21-9.