Angel, Ibrahim shoot RBNY to first DC win since '05

Posted on 01 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls got a pair of goals early in the second half and never looked back, defeating DC United 2-0 on a sweltering Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital. Salou Ibrahim struck first for the visitors, after some great work by Dane Richards. Juan Pablo Angel doubled the lead shortly thereafter off a long ball from Joel Lindpere. United had few threats on the Red Bulls goal after that. There were no repeats of last year’s ugliness at the Meadowlands, almost exactly one year ago to the day.

We can now say with conviction that the Red Bulls’ season is off to a great start. The team had not always impressed coming into today’s grudge match. But after getting their first victory at RFK Stadium since 2005, the results speak louder than anything else.

Which is not to say today’s showing wasn’t impressive. The Red Bulls put up a great fight and scored two beautiful goals. That’s right: scored them. From the run of play. Not from a penalty (okay one was off a free kick but still). And not off mistakes from the other team. Sure, there were some shaky moments, particularly in the first half. But give Hans Backe’s team credit for a game well played.

The team is now 5-1, a franchise-best start to a season. Its lead in the Eastern Conference is a whopping seven points over second-placed Columbus (who have two games in hand, but still). Another tough road match awaits: The Red Bulls play at San Jose in a week’s time. The Quakes, victorious over the Colorado Rapids this week, have won three of their last four games and not yielded a goal at home since the season-opening loss against Real Salt Lake. But the Bulls will be stronger in one area: Chris Albright is slated to return from injury and start at right back. Where that leaves Jeremy Hall, who did not play great today, is another question entirely.

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, D.C. United 0
May 1, 2010 – RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 2 (Dane Richards 1, Juan Pablo Angel 1) 51’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 4 (Joel Lindpere 2) 60’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 34’
DC: Santino Quaranta (caution) 39’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (5-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Seth Stammler, Joel Lindpere, Carl Robinson, Dane Richards (Danleigh Borman 73’), Juan Pablo Angel (Conor Chinn 93’+), Salou Ibrahim (Tony Tchani 72’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Brian Nielsen, Sinisa Ubiparipovic

D.C. United (0-5-0) – Troy Perkins, Rodney Wallace, Juan Manuel Pena (Luciano Emilio 66’), Carey Talley, Jordan Graye, Cristian Castillo, Clyde Simms (Stephen King 75’), Kurt Morsink, Santino Quaranta, Andy Najar (Jaime Moreno 56’), Adam Cristman

Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Danny Allsopp, Thabiso Khumalo, Devon McTavish

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Belleau, Claudio Badea
4th Referee: Dave Gantar
Attendance: 12,089

More coverage of the match:

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference
Petke: ‘I can’t get over the fact that we’re 5-1’
Player ratings
Photo gallery

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. irishapple21 Says:

    Yeah! Red Bulls rule! It's about time we stuck it to DC Scum at their own house!

  2. irishapple21 Says:

    Yeah! Red Bulls rule! It's about time we stuck it to DC Scum at their own house!

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