Red Bulls Defeat DC United, 10 v 10 Match

The New York Red Bulls (12-10-5, 41 pts) earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over D.C. United on Wednesday night at D.C.'s Audi Field. Kaku opened the scoring for New York and Danny Royer got the game-winner in a match that featured two red cards in the first half.

With the win, the Red Bulls jump over D.C. United in the Eastern Conference Standings and sit in fourth place heading into the weekend.

The Red Bulls are three points behind this weekends' opponent, New York City FC, and just four points out of first place in the East.

The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last nine against D.C. United (5-0-4) and are now 2-0-1 at Audi Field, which opened in 2018.
Kaku got his fourth of the year in the sixth minute, finding an unsettled ball in the D.C. box and firing a low shot by D.C. 'keeper Bill Hamid.

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney was issued a red card in the 24th minute for violent conduct.

Before the end of the first half, New York defender Amro Tarek received a second yellow card, putting the teams level on man power for the second half.

Danny Royer got his ninth goal of the year, and third from the penalty spot, in the 59th minute. The goal was Royer's second game-winning goal of the season, and 10th game-winning goal of his MLS career.

Captain Luis Robles was credited with two saves, but stood tall several times, including crucial stops down the stretch to keep New York ahead.

Head coach Chris Armas moved to 24-13-8 all-time at the helm.

New York is 44-44-23 all-time in the month of August. New York has scored 185 goals in August and allowed 172.

The Red Bulls continue Heineken Rivalry Week with a trip to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC on Saturday, August 24. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN2 and Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish.

Scoring Summary:
NY - Kaku 4 (unassisted) 6'
DC - Ola Kamara 1 (Joseph Mora) 55'
NY - Daniel Royer 9 (PK) 59'

Misconduct Summary:
DC - Wayne Rooney (ejection, violent conduct) 24'
DC - Felipe (caution, foul) 34'
NY - Amro Tarek (caution, foul) 37'
NY - Amro Tarek (ejection, second yellow) 45+3'
DC - Quincy Amarikwa (caution, foul) 73'

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Rece Buckmaster, Amro Tarek, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, Marc Rzatkowski, Sean Davis, Cristian Casseres, Jr., Kaku (Bradley Wright-Phillips, 69'), Daniel Royer (Kemar Lawrence, 71'), Tom Barlow (Tim Parker, HT)


D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Jalen Robinson (Leonardo Jara, 39'), Frederic Brillant, Steve Birnbaum, Joseph Mora (Luciano Acosta, 72'), Paul Arriola, Felipe, Junior Moreno, Lucas Rodriguez, Ola Kamara (Quincy Amarikwa, 69'), Wayne Rooney


Referee: Frank Anderson
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Matt Franz
VAR: Chico Grajeda

Attendance: 18,302

New York Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas

Opening Statement…

“Yes, really proud of the team, really proud of our guys, not just tonight but last game and the way these guys have gone after these last so many games makes us feel like we are a real team. The results haven’t always been there but we have battled, we have been in games and it’s good to see our guys get rewarded. Probably because they came with the right mentality, it was a really good start to the game. We talked about scoring first, we scored after five or six minutes. We talked about sticking together, there will be tough moments, we saw lots of that. Just to see the guys to the very last play, they endured a lot tonight and the game had ups and downs and we’re three points better for it, 41 points, few points from the top.”

On the rivalry with D.C. United…

“In our minds it’s a Derby match. It’s a big one for us. You can see once again, it’s close. We know it dates back to the early years with guys like [Giovanni] Savarese, [John] Harkes, [Jeff] Agoos, [Eddie] Pope and we know what it means to our guys, and our club and our supporters so for us we had this one marked on the calendar. It didn’t take much motivating to get our guys going tonight.”

On the points won while at Audi Field specifically…

“I think it’s a testament to the team that we are. We have looked at it closely and not just D.C. We have a lot of respect for them, we do, Ben and his staff, but we have really tried to control things on the road and be up for it. In these matches, you can’t let it slip and we have learned some hard lessons this year, but specifically with D.C., we never take it for granted. These guys is probably the richest team in culture, like winning, and there’s nothing less than that is acceptable around here so that goes back to my early years in the league as a player. So for me it’s always a special team to play against and if we can beat them, even better.”

On the referee…

“It’s not an easy game to referee, so, at no point in the game did we feel like we were getting harm done. Even that play, that second yellow, it looked like there was contact both ways but again, they’re seeing it, there is help with Assistant Referees, we get a penalty, there’s red cards both ways. Listen, it’s not an easy job. We respect the staff, the referees, but no we don’t, no matter the result, we didn’t look back after that play.”

On Wayne Rooney getting the red card…

“Well, I mean listen when he’s on the field, they’re better, he can make the plays for sure. But listen when you go up a goal on the road and now, you’re up a man, it becomes so much about second balls, not fouling and it does seem to shift sometimes. To answer your question specifically, our team, yeah with the ball, now, a team that’s bunkered down a little bit, you get forced or almost lulled into some bad giveaways. We start forcing things, we get antsy looking for that second one, some unforced errors in there, we lost a little bit of discipline. And at the same time, they’re giving it a push, their fans get into it more. So, we weathered that, talked about a few things at half time, brought in Tim Parker, we made some adjustments that we felt were very good and we felt okay for most of the second half and of course at the end.”

New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper Luis Robles

On the win tonight…

"I got no dignity at the moment, I’m a goalkeeper, my calves are cramping, I’m so embarrassed on the field, I apologized to the coach and the players. It was just a bizarre scenario and I just think about my pregame, ate some bananas, lots of water and for the way things happened tonight was crazy and I’m glad it worked out, but when I was on the ground, I was genuinely humiliated. I’m a goalie, like why are my calves cramping right now, I didn’t’ even run. These guys are running around and no one is cramping but I’m glad we won. It was a really important game. The standings were tight and with New York City also winning today, we are chasing some really good teams and tonight we played against a team that is also going to be in the mix at the end and I think between us and D.C., we are fighting for seeding because we want to have a home game and we are very fortunate to do enough tonight to get three points."

On the last few rivalry matches between NY Red Bulls and D.C. United, how does this one compare?

"I love these games, I do. Just because there is a lot of history and the rivalry is special and in a way when NYCFC came in, it’s played kid a little bit but I think they are special and I don’t in any way want to think it is secondary to the Hudson River Derby because this one is historic and it goes back to 1996 and the RFK days and Giant Stadium and the shootout. There is so many great players that have played in this rivalry and it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of it so I think tonight was crazy just like so many have been but that’s what makes it fun."

On having two rivals now with New York City and D.C. United..

"Personally, I don’t feel that and there’s a big responsibility on my shoulders since I’ve been here since 2012 and I’ve participated in so many of these to really set the tone and help people understand why this is important not only for the team and the organization but to the fanbases. The Atlantic Cup is real and its one of the originals so I’m actually bummed that they feel that way, because when I see the schedule, there’s two games that I’m looking at, New York City and D.C. United and I’ve played against these guys so many times, standing across the field from Bill [Hamid], [Steve] Birnbaum and these are guys I respect, I respect their game and the passion they bring to the game and at the end of the day I want to get the better of them. I feel that they have similar approach towards our team and me. I hope that they see this as the main rivalry and I hope MLS sees it that way and market it that way. There is a lot of excitement and history and it deserves to be up there."

On the save against Lucas Rodriguez…

"It was really close. Where you try to be as big as possible and try to cover the angle as much as possible."

On being at Audi Field…

"It’s just really nice to be at this stadium. I’m so happy for this team and this organization and the fan base to have such a nice stadium. As great as RFK was and the history there, I don’t miss a single bit and I’m sure they feel the same way. This is a great place to play and when I think of the 3-3 game last season, it was an incredible spectacle for the fans to watch."

Last edited by Dave Birnbaum; 08/23/19 06:50 PM.