There has never been any shred of doubt about Perry Kitchen. He arrived at D.C. United as a readymade professional. He’s been as durable as any player in the league over the last four seasons. In his young MLS career, he’s already seen plenty of highs and lows.
As he continues to develop new dimensions to his game – including his recent scoring prowess – and to earn new opportunities with the U.S. Men’s National Team, it’s worth reminding that Kitchen is still merely 23 years old. The real question is how far he will go.
WASHINGTON – Neither side could emerge victorious on Saturday evening as two bitter rivals battled for the second time in less than a month when D.C. United welcomed the New York Red Bulls to RFK Stadium.
D.C. looked to avenge a late-March loss to New York – their only defeat of the season – while New York took the pitch looking to leapfrog United and wrap their hands around the Atlantic Cup title with months to spare.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On overall disappointment with the outcome of the game:
This time D.C. United hasn’t had to wait long. The chance for revenge against the New York Red Bulls has come quickly, and the appetite couldn’t be greater.
The Black-and-Red dropped their first encounter with their Atlantic Cup rivals on March 22 at Red Bull Arena. But they haven’t lost to the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium since 2013, a streak of three straight victories.
Thanks to heroics by goalkeeper Bill Hamid and a gorgeous stoppage-time free kick by Luis Silva in his 2015 debut, D.C. United (3-1-0, 9 points) is back on top of the Eastern Conference. It’s the best start since 2006 for the Black-and-Red, the fifth time in club history that the team has opened a season with at least three victories in the first four matches.
Here’s look back at the other four campaigns as D.C. United begins its preparation for another highly-anticipated clash with the New York Red Bulls (Saturday, 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet):