Red Bulls and D.C. United Connections - A Deeper Look at the Rivalry

How many players on both sides are connected to New York and D.C.? We take a deeper look here

We all know about the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United rivalry, but how up to speed are you on the deep connections rooted on both sides? Here’s a little breakdown of Red Bulls and D.C. United tie-ins:

Ben Olsen - D.C. United Head Coach
Played his entire MLS career with D.C. United from 1998 – 2009. During that span, he played alongside Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke from 2003 – 05 en route to a 2004 MLS Cup title.
Mike Petke - Red Bulls Head Coach
The Bohemia, New York native began his career with New York in 1998 before leaving for D.C. United at the end of the 2002 season, where he stayed until 2005. Following a three-year run with the Colorado Rapids, Petke returned to New York in 2008 before retiring from competition in 2010.
Eric Alexander - #12 - M
Made his second career MLS start against D.C. United on Aug. 14, 2010. He also tallied his first-career MLS goal AND assist in that same game as a member of FC Dallas.
Brandon Barklage - #25 - D
Was drafted by D.C. United in the 3rd Round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He played in four matches, logging 98 total minutes, but suffered a season-ending ACL tear. His playing time was minimal up until the end of the 2011 season, when D.C. and Barklage parted ways, leading him to sign with the Red Bulls for the 2012 season. In his first match as a Red Bull against his former team, Barklage netted his first-career MLS goal before added a second in a 3-2 win over D.C. on June 24, 2012. Barklage has always said he circles matches against D.C. United on his calendar, and this weekend’s tilt is no exception.
Dwayne De Rosario - #7 - M
Featured in 13 games for the Red Bulls during the 2011 season after the club acquired him from Toronto FC earlier in the season. Was traded for a second time that year when New York sent him to D.C. in exchange for Dax McCarty. Registered an assist in his first appearance as a Red Bull, subbing on at the half in New York’s 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo on Apr. 2. In his second match with D.C. United, a match against New York at Red Bull Arena, De Rosario scored his first goal in a D.C. jersey in his new side’s 1-0 win. He later scored his 100th career goal against the Red Bulls on Aug. 29, 2012 in a 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium.
Andrew Dykstra - #50 - GK
Although he’s now with D.C. United, Dykstra made his first-career MLS start with the Chicago Fire against the Red Bulls on Mar. 27, 2010, allowing one goal in a 1-0 loss.
Thierry Henry - #14 - F
Scored his first-career MLS brace, and added an assist for good measure, in a 4-0 shutout win over D.C. United on Apr. 21, 2011.
Connor Lade - #15 - M/D
Made his first MLS start and played a full 90 minutes on the road at RFK Stadium when the Red Bulls fell to D.C. United 4-1 on Apr. 22, 2012.
Dax McCarty - #11 - M
Spent half of the 2011 season with D.C. United before a trade sent him to New York in exchange for Dwayne De Rosario.
Lionard Pajoy - #26 - F
While playing with the Philadelphia Union during the 2012 season, Pajoy registered his first-career MLS brace on May 13 in a 3-2 loss to the Red Bulls.
Chris Pontius - #13 - M/F
Registered his first-career MLS hat trick against the Red Bulls on Apr. 22, 2012, as D.C. United went on to win the first match of the regular season series 4-1 at RFK Stadium.
James Riley - #2 - D
During his 2005 rookie campaign with the New England Revolution, Riley scored his first MLS goal and only goal of the season against New York to help punch the Revs’ ticket to the postseason.
Lloyd Sam - #10 - M
Made his first MLS appearance against D.C. United on Aug. 29, 2012, when he subbed on for the final seven minutes of the 2-2 match at RFK Stadium.
John Thorrington - #8 - M
Made his MLS debut against New York during the 2005 season while playing with the Chicago Fire.