Editorial (October 22, 2017) – D.C. United played their last ever game at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on Sunday. They lost the match 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls.
D.C. Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Clark — Nick DeLeon, Jalen Robinson, Kofi Opare, Chris Korb — Marcelo Sarvas, Russell Canouse — Paul Arriola, Luciano Acosta, Zoltán Stieber — Patrick Mullins
New York Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Luis Robles — Sal Zizzo, Michael Murillo, Fidel Escobar, Kemar Lawrence — Vincent Bezecourt, Alex Muyl — Derrick Etienne, Muhamed Keita, Dilly Duka — Gonzalo Verón
D.C. United Lose #LastCallatRFK 2-1 Against New York Red Bulls
This match was the tale of two halves. United came out with their hair on fire, energized by a crowd of 41,418 for the final game in their home stadium. They created a number of chances, with Arriola and Acosta leading the charger. They had numerous corner opportunities and plenty of chances that just barely missed the inside of the post.
They would not be denied, scoring just before halftime. Acosta got the ball on the wing and started a counter attack. He found Arriola open in the box. The American International volleyed it to score. The half ended 1-0.
In the second half, the Red Bulls found their possession and combination play. The two sides exchanged chances before the visitors tied the game in the 68th minute. Keita and Murillo combined well to set up Murillo for a great finish inside the box.
Then it all came down for United two minutes later. Acosta was sent off with a straight red card for a shove to Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. The Red Bulls earned a PK for a handball minutes later, but Steve Clark stepped up and saved the attempt by Gonzalo Verón. Verón would not be denied though, as he scored in the 75th minute, cleaning up a botched clearance on a cross to the far post.
The match ended 1-2.
Key Event Summary:
44′ Goal – D.C. – Paul Arriola, assisted by Luciano Acosta
68′ Goal – New York – Michael Murillo, assisted by Muhamed Keita
70′ Red Card – D.C. – Luciano Acosta, Violent Conduct
75′ Goal – New York – Gonzalo Verón, assisted by Alex Muyl and Vincent Bezecourt
Even with neither team playing for much, this was a disappointing way for D.C. United to end their tenure at RFK Stadium. The match was very representative of their season, which was a huge disappointment. Still, the game, event, and whole day was a sentimental one for many involved with the club. The Legend’s Game was a fun event. Every Supporter’s Group had a pregame tifo, and the postgame salute to the fans was a nice tribute. They’ll look to move onward and upwards as they move into Audi Field in 2018.