Last season, the New York Red Bulls rolled to a Supporters Shield title as holders of the best record in Major League Soccer. That same season saw D.C. United finished with a meager three wins, the lowest total in league history.
One month into the 2014 season the roles have reversed, with the Red Bulls proving unable to win a match and D.C. United suddenly enjoying their first winning streak since 2012.
Davy Arnaud’s fourth-minute header stood up as the winning goal in D.C. United’s 1-0 victory against the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium on Saturday.
Back-up D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra made three saves, and made some key plays to help his team avoid some own goals.
The Red Bulls came close to find an equalizer on a handful of occasions, but wasted chance after chance to make it six matches without a win. Eric Alexander squandered a good look in the 57th minute while Peguy Luyindula came close as well, only to hit the woodwork yet again this season.
D.C. United never found an insurance goal, but didn’t need one as the Red Bulls continued to waste opportunities to tie things up.
The win improves D.C. United’s record to 2-2-1, while the loss dropped the Red Bulls to 0-2-4.
Here are the match highlights: