D.C. United's reserves are in New Jersey this morning, playing the New York Red Bull's reserves in their ninth reserve game of the year. United is 4-3-1 (13 points) on the season. We'll provide you with periodic updates below and bring you the full match summary when we receive it.
10:49 a.m.: New York leads United 2-1 at the half.
11:07 a.m.: New York now up 4-2.
11:42 a.m.: United falls to the Red Bulls 5-2. Final.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m.): And here's the official game recap, courtesy of the New York Red Bull communications department.
Red Bulls Reserves Defeat D.C. United, 5-2
MONTCLAIR, NJ (Aug. 26, 2008) – A John Wolyniec hat trick propelled the New York Red Bulls Reserves past the D.C. United Reserves, 5-2, at Montclair State University Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Red Bulls moved to 2-4-0 (6 pts.) while United dropped to 4-4-1 (13 pts.) in the MLS Reserve League.
The hosts took the lead in the 33rd minute. Wolyniec was able to gather the ball on the right side of the penalty box off a United back pass and he took a touch before volleying it home for his second goal of the year in MLS Reserve League play.
Wolyniec was the provider on the Red Bulls’ second goal in the 44th minute. Matthew Mbuta squared the ball to Wolyniec, who found an on-rushing Borman on the left wing. Borman one-timed it past goalkeeper James Thorpe, off the right post and into the net.
United was able to pull one back moments later. Quavas Kirk was able to break a pair of tackles and guided it towards the far post, where Thabiso Khumalo was on hand to put it away.
Wolyniec scored his second of the match four minutes after the break. Mbuta found Sinisa Ubipairpovic open on the right wing and Ubiparipovic’s subsequent cross was bundled home by Wolyniec.
D.C. answered four minutes later. Khumalo was able to get behind the Red Bulls defense and fired a shot that goalkeeper Danny Cepero saved. However, Dwight Barnett was on hand to put it home from close range.
The Red Bulls were able to strike back with a pair of goals to put the game out of reach. Wolyniec completed his hat trick in the 54th minute when he put home a Danleigh Borman cross. Four minutes later, Chris Megaloudis hit a shot from 16 yards out past a diving Thorpe and just inside the right post.
The two reserve teams will face-off again on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 10 AM at RFK Stadium.
New York Red Bulls 5 (2-4-0, 6 pts.), D.C. United 2 (4-4-1, 13 pts.)
MLS Reserve League
Aug. 26, 2008 – Montclair State University
NY: Wolyniec 2 (unassisted) 33’
NY: Borman 1 (Wolyniec 1, Mbuta 1) 44’
DCU: Khumalo 1 (Kirk 2) 45’
NY: Wolyniec 3 (Ubiparipovic 1, Mbuta 2) 49’
DCU: Barnett 1 (unassisted) 52’
NY: Wolyniec 4 (Borman 1) 54’
NY: Megaloudis 1 (Sassano 1) 58’
D.C. United: James Thorpe (GK) (John O’Hara* 75’), Pat Carroll, Greg Janicki*, Craig Thompson (Jonathan Burklo* 46’), Mike Zaher, Ryan Cordeiro, Jeff Carroll (Rod Dyachenko 43’), Quavas Kirk, Dane Murphy, Thabiso Khumalo*, Dwight Barnett* (Kenny Anaba* 63’)
Substitutes Not Used: None
New York Red Bulls: Danny Cepero (GK), Hunter Freeman, Gordon Kljestan, John Gilkerson, Luke Sassano, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Hugh MacDonald* 54’, Angel Rivillo* 75’), David Roth, Matthew Mbuta*, Danleigh Borman (Jeritt Thayer* 59’), Chris Megaloudis, John Wolyniec (Victor Kotynski* 71’)
Substitutes Not Used: Bayard Elfvin*
Referee: Steve Ambrose
Referee’s Assistants: Brian Dunn, Nabil Alsaidi
4th Official: Lahoucine Kharmaj
Weather: Sunny and 74 degrees
(photo courtesy of New York Red Bulls)