It’s been a rainy two weeks in the DMV region but the sky cleared just hours before the DC United kickoff against rivals New York Red Bulls, giving 19,632 fans a chance to enjoy.
The United were taking on their second New York team in seven days, this time coming out victors with a 2-0 win, thanks to some solid ball movement and even better defense.
“I think you saw our team use real emotion” Ben Olsen said, in his 6th season as the coach of the Black-n-Red. “You’re pleased but the message is this is what we can do. We can’t wait for it to be the Red Bulls or when it’s a packed house. This has to be the standard.”
Like most of the Eastern conference, United has been inconsistent. The win gives the Black-n-Red their 3rd win of the season, moving them ahead of the Red Bulls 6th in the Eastern Conference. Only ten games into the season, the Eastern Conference has been a log jam but not a good one. All ten teams are within 3 games of each other, Montreal leading with 15 points and 4 wins.
It’s been a lot of ties”, Ben Olsen said about the Eastern Conference. “Three points goes a long way right now but it’s such a long season to try to size up these teams right now. It’s still early and we’ll focus on ourselves moving forward,”
Alvaro Saborio scored the first goal for the Black-n-Red (19’) receiving an assist from Marcelo Sarvas. Patrick Nyarko was also credited with the assist, setting up the play perfectly, dropping it down to Sarvas on a give and go play.
“I made eye contact with Marcelo and he knew exactly where to place the ball,” Nyarko said about the first goal. “It was all him, he made that eye contact and knew exactly where to go.”
The Black-n-Red were able to set up shop in front of the Red Bulls goal seemingly all night. The Red Bulls struggle to apply pressure on United, and it allowed for them to create opportunities in front of goal all night.
“The gameplan was to jump on them as quick as possible and get the midfield three off the ball as much as possible and I think we stuck to the gameplan.
Nyarko scored the Black-n-Red second goal, dimed by Lamar Neagle.
Defensively, the Black-n-Red were the complete opposite of the Red Bulls. Goalie, Travis Worra, was on fire, finishing the game with five saves. Worra had four great saves in the first half, two of which that were back-to-back shots right in front of him. The back line of the United also didn’t have the best night but it was enough to limit the Red Bulls to only 5 shots in the first half.
The Red Bulls won’t have an opportunity to avenge this loss until late August. The Black-N-Red will go on a two-game road trip to take on the Philadelphia Union and Sporting KC. For now, Olsen wants his boys to enjoy the weekend.