Bad habits are hard to break. The New York Red Bulls know this all to well. For the second time in less than a month, the Red Bulls blew a two-goal lead in a span of six minutes to suffer their second straight 2-2 draw against D.C. United. Despite the result, this was a great team performance for the Red Bulls. With this draw they have set a franchise record 11 MLS match unbeaten streak going 5-0-6 in the process.
New York Red Bulls Grades vs D.C. United
Sean Davis: B
The poise the young midfielder has shown over his last few starts has been outstanding. Once again filling in for Dax McCarty, Davis’ decision making is well beyond his years. Showing both the poise and skill of a seasoned veteran, Davis is making it very hard to keep him out of the Starting XI. Davis did a great job of disrupting D.C’s attack, as well as being a great outlet in the final third.
Gonzalo Veron: B-
Veron made good on Jesse Marsch‘s decision to star him today. Filling in for the suspended Mike Grella, Veron was very good on the ball and getting into space. Recording only his third goal since arriving to New York last season, Veron opened the scoring with a header into a wide open net in the 35th minute. This could be a huge confidence boost for the Argentine international going forward.
Daniel Royer: B
Being the beneficiary of another suspension in the Red Bull midfield, Royer got the nod to fill in for Alex Muyl. Royer tallied one assist in the fixture and was a constant threat in the attacking third coming ever so close to his first MLS goal on several occasions. With the addition of Royer, Omer Damari, and Veron playing well the New York Red Bulls could have the deepest midfield in all of MLS.
Bradley Wright-Phillips: B
Wright-Phillips did it again. Scoring the second goal for the Red Bulls against D.C., BWP has now scored in eight of his last nine games. This goal is Wright-Phillips’ 18th of the season which puts him into the league lead in goals. With this goal, BWP has also set the record for the most goals scored by any player in a three-year span in MLS, surpassing former record holder Chris Wondolowski.
Luis Robles: B-
For 87 minutes, it looked as if Robles was on his way to another clean sheet. The Red Bulls goalkeeper had several key saves that kept the Red Bulls 2-0 lead. This included a one-on-one save against former Red Bull Lloyd Sam. Despite conceding two scrappy goals late, this was another solid performance from the Red Bulls Iron Man.