Washington, DC (Sports Network) - A pair of struggling Eastern Conference foes
clash on Saturday as D.C. United hosts Red Bull New York at RFK Stadium.
D.C. United enters the pivotal Atlantic Cup showdown in poor form, having gone
winless in its past three league matches.
Last time out, D.C. United played well at Sporting Park against an in-form
Sporting Kansas City side, but were ultimately sunk by an 89th minute winner
from Designated Player Claudio Bieler to give the home side a 1-0 victory.
"I thought it was a great effort from us tonight," United head coach Ben Olsen
said of his team's performance. "I was very proud of the way they went about
it. We had a long two weeks of getting back to our fundamentals and getting
back to the right mentality to win games in this league. The way we went about
it was very good."
United must put the loss to Sporting KC behind them and focus on New York as
the clubs meet for the second time in less than a month.
The sides battled for the first time back on March 16. New York dominated the
match, putting 24 shots in the direction of goal and seven on target, but
United goalkeeper Bill Hamid put in a Player of the Week performance to make
sure United claimed a point in a 0-0 draw.
As for New York, rookie head coach Mike Petke's team is coming off a subpar
3-1 loss to the Chicago Fire last Sunday at Toyota Park,
Defender Jamison Olave got the Red Bulls off to a great start against Chicago
with a spectacular overhead volley to make it 1-0.
But the hosts shook off a penalty kick miss by Chris Rolfe to equalize late in
the first half and Maicon Santos scored twice in the second half to secure his
team's first win of the season.
Petke expressed his frustration with his team's lack of results following the
"I'm very disappointed," he said. "If I'm with a team in a rebuilding stage,
with players who are rookies in the league, how mad could I be? But I'm with
guys who are capable of so much more."
New York and D.C. United have faced each other 60 times in regular-season
competition, with United holding a 31-20-9 edge as well as a 18-9-4 record at
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