New York Red Bulls
D.C. United
Saturday, August 31, 20138:00 PM
Red Bull ArenaMLS Regular SeasonSunnyNBCSNAttendance: 17372

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 38'NYTim Cahill
  • Jonathan Steele
 36'DCNick DeLeon
  • Dwayne De Rosario
 8'NYLloyd Sam
  • Tim Cahill


 80'DC Luis SilvaOff the ball foul
 77'NY Thierry HenryFoul
 72'NY Ibrahim SekagyaFoul
 62'DC Lewis NealFoul
 61'NY Jonathan SteeleFoul


Collin Martin (M)
Nick DeLeon (M)
Jamison Olave (D)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (F)
Conor Doyle (F)
Lewis Neal (M)
Thierry Henry (F)
Tim Cahill (F)
Kosuke Kimura (D)
Brandon Barklage (D)
John Thorrington (M)
Jared Jeffrey (M)

Starting Formations

31Robles25Barklage5Holgersson32Sekagya8Carney10Sam12Alexander11McCarty22Steele17Cahill99Wright-PhillipsM14279418231328Hamid22Korb5Jakovic21Woolard2Riley18DeLeon23Kitchen25Jeffrey24Neal7De Rosario12SilvaM830191531332RAA4


No Data Available

New York Red Bulls
31GLuis Robles
25DBrandon Barklage
5DMarkus Holgersson
32DIbrahim Sekagya
8DDavid Carney
10MLloyd Sam
12MEric Alexander
11MDax McCarty
22MJonathan Steele
17FTim Cahill
99FBradley Wright-Phillips
D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
22DChris Korb
5DDejan Jakovic
21DDaniel Woolard
2DJames Riley
18MNick DeLeon
23MPerry Kitchen
25MJared Jeffrey
24MLewis Neal
7FDwayne De Rosario
12FLuis Silva
14Thierry Henry
27Kosuke Kimura
9Fabian Espindola
4Jamison Olave
18Ryan Meara
23Michael Bustamante
13Marius Obekop
8John Thorrington
30Conor Doyle
19Kyle Porter
15Ethan White
31Joe Willis
3Dennis Iapichino
32Collin Martin
  Mike Petke
  Ben Olsen

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RefereeJuan Guzman  
Assistant RefereeGregory Barkey  
Assistant RefereePaul Scott  
Fourth OfficialMark Geiger  
Saturday, August 31, 2013
8:00 PM
Red Bull Arena

HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls started their match against rivals D.C. United with Thierry Henry on the bench, were reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute and gave up a potentially game-tying penalty kick on the same play.

They still managed to win.

The Red Bulls defeated United 2-1 in a wild affair at Red Bull Arena to end a three-game winless skid on Saturday night. Tim Cahill scored the winner in the first half shortly after Nick DeLeon had netted an equalizer in response to Lloyd Sam's opener, and goalkeeper Luis Robles came up big to deny Dwayne De Rosario on what could have been an equalizing spot kick in the 73rd minute.

The result improves the Red Bulls to 12-9-6 and brings them level on points with the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City atop the Eastern Conference. United, meanwhile, remain winless on the road this season and fall to a league-worst 3-18-5.

Making his first start at Red Bull Arena this season, Sam got the proceedings started with an impressive eighth-minute opener. The Englishman hit what looked to be a cross from the right side that floated over United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and clanked off the far post before completely crossing the goal line despite Hamid's desperate efforts.

United missed an opportunity to pull level in the 27th minute when Lewis Neal, making his first start in months, fired wide of goal despite being unmarked. But the visitors eventually tied the game through a well-taken strike by DeLeon nine minutes later.

De Rosario hit a cross-field pass to DeLeon that the second-year midfielder brought down well before cutting past Red Bulls debutant David Carney. DeLeon then proceeded to smash a shot to the near post past a helpless Luis Robles.

The visitors’ joy was short-lived, however, as New York jumped back on top two minutes later. Jonny Steele delivered a peach of a cross from the left flank after putting a move on DC right back Chris Korb, and Tim Cahill met the ball with a patented powerful header that Hamid could do little about.

The two teams continued to exchange a flurry of chances in an entertaining second half, especially after Henry came on for an injured Cahill. But the biggest moment came in the 72nd minute.

NY centerback Ibrahim Sekagya was whistled for a penalty kick and subsequently shown a red card for obstructing De Rosario from getting to a ball in the penalty area. De Rosario then took the spot kick from 12 yards out but was denied by Robles, who dove low to his right to ensure that the Red Bulls emerged victorious.

Both teams return to action on Sept. 8. New York will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo, while United visit Chivas USA.

Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for He can be reached by email at Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Lloyd Sam The English winger was at the heart of RBNY's best attacking moves and got the night started with an impressive opening strike.
2 Tim Cahill With Thierry Henry benched, New York's "other DP" stepped up in both the scoring and leadership categories to deliver an important win.
3 Luis Robles Blocking a late PK to hand your slumping team a huge win and a rivalry trophy: It doesn't get much more clutch than that.