D.C. United will play the second leg of the 2011 Atlantic Cup on Saturday night against bitter rival Red Bull New York. To prepare for this pivotal contest, we have prepared the usual media round-up with many key articles.
The league’s oldest rivalry is, historically, a one-sided affair. D.C. United have traditionally treated New York the way a dog treats a fire hydrant, raining on NY’s parade in the regular season, playoffs, Open Cup and more.
However, the tide has been turning over the past 18 months, punctuated by the 4-0 thrashing the Red Bulls put on United back in April. It’s months ago now, and both teams look different than they did then — thanks in large part to a blockbuster trade from a few weeks back.
WASHINGTON — For the third time this season, D.C. United are preparing for a second meeting against a club that dealt them a heavy loss earlier in the year.
Such is the case when United head to Red Bull Arena to take on archrivals New York on Saturday (7:30 pm ET, Comcast SportsNet), with memories of New York’s 4-0 romp at RFK Stadium in April still fresh in their players’ minds.
“It’s obviously a revenge game for us,” midfielder Chris Pontius said. “It’s a rivalry game, Eastern Conference opponent and they’re ahead of us in the standings.”
WASHINGTON — Past New York-D.C. United match ups have generally generated some memorable moments.
There’s Ben Olsen’s rare hat trick in a 4-2 win at RFK Stadium in 2007. There’s also DC’s frantic comeback at the Old Meadowlands Stadium in 2009, as United scored twice in injury time to win 3-2. And most recently, a 4-0 win earlier this season for the Red Bulls, punctuated by Juan Agudelo’s spectacular flicked-up, twisting, swerving volley to complete the rout.
WASHINGTON — Last weekend, a magical moment from D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar looked to have locked up all three points against the Philadelphia Union.
The second-year midfielder received a pass from Dwayne De Rosario in a rather innocent position, just on the other side of the 50-yard line. He turned, nutmegged forward Danny Mwanga and sped into space, acres of the field opening up in front of him.