MatchDay: Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (8-31-13, 8 PM, NBC Sports)

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THE MATCH

Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
Saturday, August 31
8:00 PM Eastern
Watch on NBC Sports
Listen on 1050 AM (ESPN Deportes)

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ABOUT THE MATCH

Just two points shy of first place in the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls will host long-time rival D.C. United Saturday night at Red Bull Arena at 8:00 PM.

The Red Bulls are also in prime position in the teams’ third and final match of 2013 to win the Atlantic Cup – the trophy given to the victor of the New York-D.C. United regular season series. A win or a tie would ensure that the Red Bulls would take home the cup for the third time in four years. The Red Bulls will also look to go unbeaten against D.C. in a season for only the second time in club history (the other time was in 2010, when New York went 1-0-1).

The Red Bulls enter the weekend in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City with 39 points off an 11-9-6 record, just two points shy of the first place Montreal Impact. Despite goals from Tim Cahill and Dax McCarty, a two-assist performance from Thierry Henry and a late rally, New York dropped a 3-2 decision to CD Chivas USA on August 25 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Cahill had an on target chance in second half stoppage time cleared off the line by Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling to preserve the three points for the hosts.

Led by head coach Ben Olsen, D.C. United is 10th in the Eastern Conference and is coming off a 1-1 tie at home against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium last Saturday. United’s Dwayne De Rosario scored a spectacular long-range goal to put the hosts ahead in the 10th minute, but Bobby Convey’s strike 15 minutes into the second half helped give Toronto FC a point. United is 3-17-5 this season with 14 points and has won once in its last nine games.

On March 16, New York hosted D.C. United in its home opener at Red Bull Arena and the sides played to a scoreless draw, despite the Red Bulls out-shooting D.C., 24-4. Fabian Espindola hit the crossbar twice and Henry and Cahill also forced D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid to make several big saves.

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