Dwayne DeRosario wasn't with the New York Red Bulls long, but that didn't make seeing him score any easier for the team that just traded him away.
DeRosario showed the Red Bulls what they let go when he scored the lone goal in D.C. United's 1-0 victory over New York at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.
D.C. turned in an outstanding defensive performance against the same New York side that blasted D.C. United, 4-0, in their meeting earlier in the season.
DeRosario provided the winner when he raced past Dax McCarty, worked a give-and-go with Josh Wolff, and raced into the area before blasting a shot past Greg Sutton to make the score 1-0.
Dealt away by New York in a surprising trade the Red Bulls called a necessary move made to clear the way for other moves, DeRosario outplayed McCarty and flashed the playmaking ability that has made him one of the best players in MLS history.
On Saturday, New York's normally potent offense just couldn't break through and break down the D.C. defense the way it did Toronto's in last Wednesday's 5-0 win.
New York played without starters Teemu Tainio and Rafa Marquez, with Tainio's absence being felt the most as McCarty struggled in a more defensive-minded midfield role. Marquez is still sidelined by a hamstring injury and is expected to be out 1-2 more weeks.
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