Ola Kamara scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and D.C. United defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Sunday night for their first-ever win over one of their oldest rivals at Audi Field.
New York had won three of the previous four meetings in D.C. This was the 82nd all-time league meeting between the two founding MLS members. You have to go back to May 13, 2016 to find a United win in D.C. in this series.
The Red Bulls were held scoreless for the first time in four matches and sank to a first defeat in five games. United kept its first clean sheet in five matches, and held New York without a shot in the first half. The Red Bulls finished with 60 percent of the possession but D.C. doubled them in shots and efforts on target.
Gressel and Kamara combined in the 27th minute to give D.C. the lead. After defender Amro Tarek took a poorly weighted pass in his own half, Gressel pressed and forced a turnover to create a breakaway. Kamara reacted quickly and was there to receive Gressel’s square ball and drive a low, one-time finish past Carlos Coronel.
United were able to see the game out from there though, and in fact nearly made it 2-0 on an audacious Julian Gressel shot from all of 70 yards that beat Coronel, but bounced just inches wide deep in stoppage time.
The win moves United (6W-2D-7L) up to 20 points, allowing them to leapfrog the Red Bulls and move into 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They return to action next Saturday, July 31, as they travel to face FC Cincinnati at 7:30pm Eastern.