New York Red Bulls 3, DC United 3 | 2017 MLS Match Recap
For more than two decades, the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United have carried on the oldest, and often the most heated, rivalry in Major League Soccer. And their Wednesday night meeting at Red Bull Arena added yet another wild chapter to the annals of the Atlantic Cup.
But Patrick Mullins scored his fifth in two games, Zoltan Stieber opened his United account with a deflected free kick and an injury-time own goal by Fidel Escobar snatched a late draw for D.C., spoiling what would have been a key Red Bulls victory and leaving them to sweat over their continued slide down the Eastern Conference standings.
- 19' - NY - Tyler Adams Watch
- 45+1' - DC - Zoltan Stieber Watch
- 70' - DC - Patrick Mullins Watch
- 74' - NY - Tyler Adams Watch
- 78' - NY - Gonzalo Veron (PK) Watch
- 90+1' - DC - Fidel Escobar (OG) Watch
- HATE, HATE, HATE: As is customary, Red Bulls fans were calling this "Hate D.C. Week," a fitting sign of the passions that accompany Atlantic Cup meetings. But it was the underdogs from the nation's capital who enjoyed the last laugh this time, complicating RBNY's postseason outlook despite their own playoff hopes officially being extinguished by this result. It might just turn out to be the most satisfying performance of a tough year for United.
- SMASH AND GRAB: The Red Bulls were superior in nearly every statistical area. Yet their inability to convert scoring chances with any sort of efficiency – aided by some very good saves from Steve Clark – left the door open for the Black-and-Red to bunker and counter opportunistically. The shots chart tells the story:
- BAPTIZED WITH A BRACE: Tyler Adams has come a long way in his short professional career to date, and he picked a memorable moment to score his first two goals at senior level. Even a slightly cleaner defensive performance from his teammates would've ensured that he was the evening's hero. But his outing provided another reminder of his talent, drive and versatility.