After a complete win over San Jose that head coach Hans Backe called the team’s best match in his tenure, the Red Bulls travel to our nation’s capital for a showdown with rival DC United in the first leg of the Atlantic Cup (Thursday; ESPN2/Deportes; WADO 1280 AM; 8:00 PM ET). New York reclaimed the cup last season (2-0 aggregate) after winning in DC and drawing at Red Bull Arena. While this rivalry dates back to the formation of MLS, only a few current Red Bulls have played in this derby, or at RFK Stadium. DC, revamped with the additions of Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty and Josh Wolff, has begun to turn their fortunes after a nightmare 2010. We asked Backe, Thierry Henry, and Tim Ream for their thoughts on the match. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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