For the second time within a month Hate DC Week came back and this time it switched places from Red Bull Arena to our Nation’s Capital at RFK against DC United. You knew that DC United wanted some form of revenge after their horrible 1st game at the Red Bulls and played physical for the first 45 minutes.
All over the field there were reckless challenges, two handed shoves and you can tell that the team in black wanted to show the boys in Red & White that they weren’t taking them lightly like the last time. Perry Kitchen who was the only player who showed heart and passion for DC made sure he proved it again towards the Red Bulls as he scored two goals for the lead.
Taylor Kemp earned a corner in the 26th minute for DC United and when he took it from the near side, Kitchen got an open lane and wasn’t marked as he ran into the ball and headed it past Luis Robles for the early lead. There was some delay on the celebration as Kitchen’s header nails the near post and then the ball completely crossed the line.
The second goal for Kitchen came in the 2nd half and it was a beauty of a strike as once again no one was able to catch Kitchen on the field and he had the time and space to tee it up in the 67th minute and blasted it inside the near post. Chris Rolfe who is a Red Bulls killer himself was allowed to bring the ball up the field and saw an open Kitchen and made a nice pass to get that two goal lead.
For the Red Bulls it looked like this was going to lead towards their first loss of the season. It looked like their start at being undefeated was going to end inside RFK Stadium, but this is a Jesse Marsch team that at the moment has shown that they won’t quit and will fight very hard to get back into the match and they did so in the 68th minute as the Red Bulls score a goal off the corner from the far side. Felipe who was poor all match long at delivering corners finally got a hold of a good one and French Central Defender Damien Perrinelle got into space and headed the ball inside the near post where Bill Hamid stood still and thought it was going wide.
But once again it was Lloyd Sam who has started to become a DC United Killer. Once again Sam was in the moment to put the Red Bulls into position to steal a point away and did so on a rebound chance as the Red Bulls earned a free kick. Sacha Kljestan’s free kick was a laser at Hamid who bobbled the ball and the Red Bulls down two goals came back to take a two all draw and stayed undefeated.
If you are concerned about this Atlantic Cup trophy and honestly I’m not, but those who do care the Red Bulls have the advantage on both points with 4-1 & goal difference 4-2, but at the moment the important stat early on this season is that the Red Bulls in their first four games have no losses and they come back home to take on the San Jose Earthquakes for a Friday Night Tilt.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein