In the two games prior to the 1-0 win over archrivals New York, a young D.C. United side had seen four points evaporate in the two previous games, as they conceded late goals against Houston and Philadelphia at home.
Winless in their last five games, DC found themselves up a goal with under 30 minutes to play thanks to the heroics of new acquisition Dwayne De Rosario. It was familiar territory, but instead of another collapse, the defense held firm to pick up a huge win.
Dwayne De Rosario isn’t one to shy away from the big moments.
Playing the New York Red Bulls just under two weeks after being shipped away in exchange for Dax McCarty, the DC United midfielder reminded his old club what they sent away. He scored the game’s lone goal, leading his new team to a huge 1-0 road win Satuday at Red Bull Arena.
“It’s a great feeling,” De Rosario told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “But most importantly it was the game winner and we were able to come away with all three points.”
D.C UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
On if this was a big win on this road trip:
Yeah. Look, every win right now is key, especially winning a 1-0 game for us right now is important because we have had some leads that we have squandered and tonight was a good effort. I thought we held the fort down. Offensively there was some pretty good stuff. We caught them on a day, they might have been a little leggy but that’s what you have to do in this league. When you find teams in certain situations you have to take advantage of.
Goal! New York Red Bulls 0, D.C. United 1. Dwayne De Rosario (DC) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assist by Josh Wolff.
Encarando sus últimas dos semanas como jugador del United, el mediocampista Fred analiza la previa del duro clásico frente a New York Red Bulls. El partido se jugará este sábado a las 7:30 pm en el Red Bull Arena, y será transmitido por Comcast SportsNet
After kicking off their two-game homestand in style, the New York Red Bulls entertain D.C. United on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in the second Atlantic Cup meeting of the season. The Red Bulls returned home from a four-game swing and cruised to a 5-0 victory against Toronto FC at midweek. United have played to three consecutive draws, conceding a late equalizer in the last two, most recently a 2-2 with Philadelphia last weekend.
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This past week, the fan voting for the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star team came to an end, and this coming Sunday, the names of the “First XI” will be revealed, as will a 12th name—the player who garnered the most votes via text voting.
The announcement of the First XI will come at halftime of the match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders (4 pm ET, ESPN). Immediately following the match, go to MLSsoccer.com to learn the name of the 12th All-Star.
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.