United 1, Red Bulls 0

Dwayne De Rosario had a memorable return to Red Bull Arena.

De Rosario, playing against his former team for the first time

since beaing traded on June 27, scored in the 61st minute to lift

D.C. United to a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday

night.

De Rosario juked past Roy Miller before slamming a left-footed

shot from the box past goalkeeper Greg Sutton. It was De Rosario’s

fourth goal of the season and his first in two games since the

trade.

“It’s never easy to come back to a team you played for. Scoring

against them felt great,” De Rosario said before admitting he was

looking forward to the match. “For sure. 100 percent. You just want

to do what you can to show what they gave up.”

De Rosario went on to say he had spoken with Red Bulls

management regarding a new contract before he left to play for

Canada in the Gold Cup last month. He returned to New York after

Canada was eliminated from the tournament on June 14. When asked if

he had spoken to United about a deal, he professed that he just

wanted “to play.”

Bill Hamid had four saves for United (5-5-7), which was 1-1-6 in

its previous eight games.

“What we’ve been striving to do is stay compact. We did a good

job today,” Hamid said. “The chemistry is there. You can see it. We

came today to play.”

Sutton finished with two saves for the Red Bulls (6-4-10), who

had won four of their last five.

The Red Bulls had a clear ball possession advantage in the

opening minutes, but were unable to create high-quality scoring

chances. Despite having outshot United 9-5 in the first half, it

was D.C. that had the best scoring chance. Charlie Davies sprinted

past a sliding Sutton in the 44th minute but had his scoring chance

nullified by a spectacular diving deflection by Tim Ream.

“We looked a little fatigued,” Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said.

“No excuses. We shouldn’t have any problem to play

Wednesday-Saturday as a professional.”

United players noted that they had observed New York’s mounting

frustration as the match progressed.

“We kept the ball today. We played really well. They really

weren’t dangerous,” Davies said. “Of course they were going to be

frustrated.”

Davies and New York’s Roy Miller each were assessed yellow cards

for an incident the 85th minute. Davies shoved Miller towards the

bench after the ball went out of play. Miller turned around and

shoved Davies before being restrained by an official and United

midfielder Fred.

“Just soccer. It’s the game,” Davies said.