The Red Bulls look to keep a firm grasp on the Atlantic Cup when New York hosts rival DC United tonight at Red Bull Arena. A large crowd is expected as the two MLS originals meet for the final time in the 2011 MLS Regular Season. The Red Bulls took a 4-0 decision at RFK Stadium in the first meeting earlier in the season, which is a decided advantage in the two leg Atlantic Cup series. Lineups and running commentary after the jump.
New York Red Bulls:
Subs: Coundoul, Agudelo, Kassel, da Luz, Rooney, Keel, Jones
Subs: Cronin, Burch, Korb, King, Brettschneider, Fred, Ngweyna
1′ And we’re off…
2′ Sutton comes off his line to tackle the ball away from De Ro.
6′ Lindpere receives the ball from Rodgers at the top of the area, but his shot goes wide.
7′ NY presses the attack, and some nice ball movement ends with a shot wide from Henry.
9′ Rodgers gives it a go and it has Hamid off balance, but it rolls wide.
12′ NY is slightly off on the passing game tonight. Will need to tighten that up moving further into the match.
14′ Ream sends a long ball to Henry, who tries to chip Hamid, but his touch is a bit too strong and it goes over.
22′ Rodgers earns a free kick is a tempting spot for NY but Hamid comes off his line to snare the entry.
23′ Pontius nearly steals the ball in the area, but Ream is there to clean it up.
25′ Its Ream again, this time tackling the ball away from Najar in the area.
27′ On the counter, the ball ends with Ballouchy just outside the area, but his one-timed shot drifts wide.
37′ Both sides are still feeling eachother out, looking for the open passing lanes.
38′ Lindpere gives it a go from 25 yards, but its right at Hamid.
39′ Henry nearly frees Rodgers, but he’s whistled for offsides.
43′ Davies gets clear in the area and eludes Sutton, but Ream is there to clear it away just before going in!
44′ Pontius heads the ensuing corner just wide.
HALFTIME: 0-0 at the half in a relatively lifeless first 45.
HALFTIME: No subs for either side.
46′ And we’re back…
47′ Henry earns a free kick in a dangerous spot.
48′ Lindpere sends the restart on frame, but Hamid is there to snare it.
49′ De Ro tests Sutton from distance, but he is up to the task.
50′ Henry beats White to a backpass but Hamid gets just enough to keep it out.
54′ Ballouchy nearly gets Rodgers the ball in traffic, but the DC defense disrupts the play.
56′ Lindpere’s cross finds the head of Rodgers, but he can’t redirect it on frame.
58′ DC blocks three NY shots in the area. Good sequence by the Red Bulls.
62′ Goal DC. De Rosario breaks free and puts one off the far post with the left foot that deflects in. 1-0 DC.
65′ De Ro carries the ball upfield and gives it a go from distance, but its over.
66′ NY sub: Agudelo for Ballouchy.
66′ Straight sub as Agudelo takes over on the left.
74′ DC sub: Ngweyna for Wolff.
75′ Lindpere sends in a cross, but Hamid smothers it.
79′ DC sub: Fred for Pontius.
82′ Richards gets a yellow.
83′ NY sub: da Luz for Richards.
85′ Yellow to Davies for a foul on Miller, who then earns a yellow of his own for dissent.
87′ DC sub: Brettschneider for Davies
90+ 4 minutes of stoppage
90+’ NY pressing forward looking for the equalizer
FULLTIME: 1-0 DC. NY retains the Atlantic Cup 4-1 on aggregate.