May 28, 2017

DC United Playoffs: Red Bulls take first leg on road

Dax McCarty scored in the 72nd minute and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.

After a foul by United’s Taylor Kemp, Sacha Kljestan’s long free kick found McCarty — who had slipped behind the defense— 3 yards out and McCarty’s header eluded goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

In a very physical match, New York’s defense was stifling, limiting United to nine shots, and none on target.

The Red Bulls’ Mike Grella had a point-blank opportunity inside the 6-yard box in the 33rd minute, but Grella’s shot deflected off Hamid’s face and away safely.

United was awarded a free kick from 24 yards out in the 68th minute after a controversial hard tackle by Ronald Zubar, but Fabian Espindola’s wide service was knocked away easily by Luis Robles.

United center back Bobby Boswell sat this one out due to suspension for an incident in Wednesday’s knockout game against New England.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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