2012 Rookie of the Year Finalist Nick DeLeon scored his first goal of the season on Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls. The talented midfielder collected a long ball from Dwayne De Rosario with his chest, cut inside, beating a Red Bull defender, then finished near post.
As advertised, Saturday night was a battle rooted in 17 years of intense rivalry. After 90 minutes of play and three goals, there were a total of 5 cards shown. D.C. was shown two yellow cards while NY earned two yellows and one red card.
Veteran John Thorrington is the general in the middle of the D.C. United midfield. Thorrington replaced an injured Jared Jeffrey in the 18th minute and completed 64 passes throughout the match—16.7% of United’s passes overall. Perry Kitchen was responsible for the next largest percentage of the Black-and-Red's passes, completing 11.7% throughout the match.