The game in 100 words (or less): D.C. United took the first Atlantic Cup rivalry match of the 2016 season, defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 at RFK Stadium on Friday night. United scored both their goals in the first half as the New York defense was very shaky, allowing D.C. attackers to find plenty of space in behind the back line. With the win, D.C. jumps over New York in the standings as the Red Bulls fall out of the playoff picture in the East, still without a win on the road this season.
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Three moments that mattered
20′ — Saborio puts D.C. ahead — D.C. United jumped out to a lead when Parick Nyarko slotted a perfect through ball in behind the defense to Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas then found Alvaro Saborio wide open at the back post for an easy tap-in.
31′ — Worra dives to keep New York off the board — Red Bulls’ captain Dax McCarty nearly drew New York level, but D.C. goalkeeper Travis Worra came up with a big stop to keep his clean sheet alive. Mike Grella’s cross from the left wing found McCarty in the box, but his powerful header was stopped by a diving Worra.
43′ — Nyarko makes it 2-0 United — Patrick Nyarko was back in the middle of the action on D.C.’s second goal just minutes before the break. Once again the home side was able to walk in behind the New York defense, with Lamar Neagle finding himself all alone on the right wing. Another cross to the back post, another goal for United.
Man of the match: Patrick Nyarko
Goalscorers: Saborio (20′), Nyarko (43′)