DC United kept its three game unbeaten streak alive with a great defensive display and moves into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while last season’s Supporter Shield winner’s fell to ninth place.
The only goal of the game was scored by veteran Davy Arnaud in the fourth minute of the game. Former Red Bulls forward Fabian Espindola’s delightful corner kick was met at the near post by a towering Bobby Boswell, who flicked the ball to the far post were it was eventually tucked into the back of the net.
After another slow start, New York controlled most of the possession in the first half but could only manage one shot on target. The chance came in the 13th minute when Thierry Henry forced Andrew Dykstra to make a save at his near post.
Although the Red Bulls kept on pressing, it was United who came the closest to finding the back of the net in the first half. American forward, Eddie Johnson, received a cross at the far post, but his attempt on goal was turned out for a corner kick by Luis Robles.
New York’s consistent pressure almost paid off in the 41st minute when Lloyd Sam served a cross to the far post for the onrushing Johnny Steele, but the Northern Ireland international was unable to find the back of the net with his half volley.
Just over five minutes into the second half, Boswell’s free header from inside the box was saved by Robles. At the other end, Henry came close to scoring his second of the season with a free header that agonizingly went over the goal.
Two minutes after Henry’s chance, Sam found Eric Alexander at the top of the box, but the American’s shot only missed its target by a few inches.
New York’s best chance of the match came in the 63rd minute, when Henry flicked the ball into the path for an on-rushing Roy Miller. The Costa-Rican ensuing toe poke from 7 yards out was brilliantly saved by Dykstra.
In the 69th minute, Johnson squandered a golden opportunity to add to United’s advantage. The striker was left wide open at the top right corner of the box, but his shot sailed over the goal.
Peguy Luyindula almost pulled New York level in the 73rd minute. The Frenchman received the ball outside the box, drove into box and fired a bullet that riffled off the post.
Johnson came close to doubling the lead in 75th minute after he received Nick Deleon’s pass inside the box. The forward received the ball in stride, but as he pulled the trigger a sliding Kosuke Kimura was present to knock it out for a corner kick.
In the 78th minute, Miller found Sam wide open inside the box, but the Englishman’s shot drifted wide. New York kept the pressure on their rivals with Sam and Connor Lade serving in exquisite crosses, but neither Henry nor his teammates were able to put one in the back of the net.