The New York Red Bulls defeated DC United 2-1 on a night where Tim Cahill wasn’t the only one in the family honored and celebrated — his son sang the national anthem to great success.
Both sides showed great urgency through the entire 90 minutes; and by doing this, it almost seemed like the game was being played on European ground. The intensity was vibrating throughout the stadium.
Perhaps the worst highlight of the night for the visitors was when captain Dwayne De Rosario saw his penalty attempt saved by keeper Luis Robles in the final 20 minutes of the match and then had to witness his team lose 2-1 against the home side, who were down a man from that moment on.
N.Y. were solid defensively and were determined in the midfield to make sure they held onto possession as long as possible until an opening in the final third was available. The midfield maestro was none other than Dax McCarty, who fought throughout the match as he would run back and forth to help in both sides of the field whenever it was necessary. He was definitely one of the heroes of the match.
Speaking of heroes, Tim Cahill once again headed home the winning goal of the match. This Australian international veteran attacking midfielder never seems to get enough of the glory, which should only be seen as a good thing (especially when it is a must-win derby).
His son sang the national anthem in front of thousands of fans, so he must have used that as inspiration and motivation to push himself to score for both team and family.
Now, the Red Bulls sit second in the Eastern Conference behind the Montreal Impact with both sides level on 42 points, but the Canadian side have two games at hand. Regardless, if N.Y. keep on winning, the playoffs will only become a guarantee.