New York Red Bulls 2 - 2 D.C. United

A win would have moved the New York Red Bulls up to 1st in the Eastern Conference. Conversely a win would have moved DC United up into the last play off position.

United knew that another loss, similar to the one against the Red Bull's "noisy neighbors" - NYC FC - would put their chances of a post season appearance in jeopardy, yet they didn't start the game off as powerfully as they had against NYC FC.

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The Red Bulls had the upper hand right from the start.

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...although DC had some attacks, but they didn't come close to scoring.

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Finally, in the 34th minute, Gonzalo Verón scored to give the Red Bulls the lead.

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DC attempted to comeback into the game, but they couldn't get anything past Luis Robles in the Red Bulls goal.

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In the 54th minute Bradley Wright-Phillips deservedly double his team's lead.

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Which they continued to look as though they'd add to.

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United had some attacks...

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...but Robles was equal equal to all that was thrown at him,

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Until, in the 89th minute, Steve Birnbaum, back from his adventures with the US National team, scored what looked like a consolation goal.

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From the kickoff the Red Bulls had a chance to restore their 2 goal lead.

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...but then it came back down the other end of the field and a fingertip save from Robles denied United their equalizer.

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...momentarily

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...as the ball trickled through...

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...hitting the post...

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...squirting back out to the knee of Lamar Neagle where it rebounded back into the goal to tie the game 2-2.

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