Red Bulls Trounce DC United to win Atlantic Cup


Yes it was a tough loss at Chicago when the club had that mid-week match, but let's also remember that they had another game this weekend and once again it was Hate DC Week and once again Ben Olsen's boys were coming in to try and extended their lead in the Eastern Conference, but sadly once again for DC United the Red Bulls get another three points at Red Bull Arena and earned another clean sheet victory this time it was three goals to nil. 

From the start of the match you could see the desire and fire from the team in red and white as they pounced on DC and were allowed to attack straight down broadway as the DC backline parted like the Red Sea and the only one who was able to make most of the stops was keeper Bill Hamid, but sadly for him it wasn't enough as the Red Bulls were able to convert on timely goals and put this match to bed. 

Lloyd Sam continued his hot streak on DC as he was given a great ball from Bradley Wright-Phillips and streaked down the near side. When Hamid came out to slide tackle the ball away, Sam was able to shoot it over Hamid's right leg and tucked it inside the far post. That goal got started on another bad giveaway by DC in the midfield like the last one in the home opener & Sam was able to cash it in. 

But Bradley Wright-Phillips once again got another brace this time against DC United and was adding his goal totals from 11 to 13. In the 42nd minute it was a fantastic looping cross from Felipe who finds Mike Grella streaking down the middle and when he got to the ball, made a quick blind cross to BWP and ripped an upper 90 shot inside the near corner for the two goal lead. 

His second on the night was a fantastic pass from Sacha Kljestan as BWP was on side and attacking down the far side of the field. DC United tried to play the offside trap and sadly it didn't work as Bradley forced Hamid to come off his line and then punished DC United for his second of the night and giving the club a three goal clean sheet victory. The Red Bulls are now just two points behind Eastern Conference leaders and still with three games in hand. 

For the Red Bulls this is their fourth consecutive Clean Sheet victory over DC United at Red Bull Arena that also includes last years first leg victory in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Eight goals in total that also counts towards the end of last season, at the same time this club has shown to get up for big games when they take on their big rivals up and down the I-95 corridor whether it's New England, Philadelphia, or that short trip across the Hudson River against NYCFC in the Bronx.
  
Jesse Marsch has pushed the right buttons and he has everyone believing in what he is trying to preach as well as accomplish some major goals for the club. As of right now they are nipping at DC United's heels and with nine matches to go there could be a strong possibility that the Red Bulls could leapfrog over that team in Black. 

Once again another break but for the international calendar and then another date with the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena as the club is looking for a little bit of revenge when they were at Toyota Park this past Wednesday night.
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