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.
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WASHINGTON — Somewhat lost in the disappointment of Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Philadelphia was Fred’s final appearance at RFK Stadium in a D.C. United uniform.
Just under half a season into his second stint in DC, Fred will be let out of his contract by United in mid-July to join the Melbourne Heart of the Australian A-League, as announced two weeks ago.
Saturday’s 22-minute shift off the bench wasn’t an easy one for the 31-year-old attacker.