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New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United Pick & Prediction AUG 6th 2022

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The New York Red Bulls and manager Wayne Rooney's D.C. United both look to respond from troubling performances when they meet on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.

The Red Bulls (10-7-6, 36 points) come into the weekend in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. That's well above last-place D.C. United, but on the heels of the more surprising result.

Despite earning two penalty kicks and twice holding a two-goal lead, New York dropped a 5-4 decision at home on Wednesday night to the Colorado Rapids.

Lewis Morgan converted one penalty kick for his team-leading 10th goal of the season, however the Red Bulls conceded three times in a 12-minute span late in the second half. They've now allowed 13 goals across their last three competitive matches, including a 5-1 U.S. Open Cup defeat to Orlando City SC late last month.

"We've kind of just shot ourselves in the foot at times I think," Red Bulls defender Sean Nealis said. "Whether it's playing the wrong pass beforehand that leads to the goal, or being in the wrong position. I think a lot of games in a short amount of time kind of hit us hard, and I think we have to correct that this week."

The Red Bulls have already defeated D.C. twice this season in May -- 4-1 at home in the league and 3-0 away in the U.S. Open Cup -- but are facing Rooney as manager for the first time.

D.C. United (6-13-3, 21 points) stole a dramatic victory in the former England and Manchester United star's managerial debut on Sunday, scoring twice in second-half stoppage time to complete a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC.

The shine from that win faded quickly when D.C. dropped a 3-0 decision at Charlotte FC on Wednesday night. Leading scorer Taxiarchis Fountas departed at halftime with a leg injury after scoring his 11th goal against Orlando, but is not listed on the club injury report for Saturday.

In both matches, Rooney said he saw a lack of initiative in his team's attacking play.

"We got into areas that I wanted us to get into, but we weren't positive enough," Rooney said. "We were hesitant to pass forward. I don't think we had enough runners to stretch the pitch."

--Field Level Media

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United

Aaron Long and Danny Royer scored as the visiting New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 2-0 Saturday night to halt a four-game winless skid and give interim coach Bradley Carnell his first victory since replacing Chris Armas.

The Red Bulls (4-5-2, 14 points) won for the first time since a 1-0 win over New York City Football Club on Aug. 20, and scored more than one goal for the first time since their season-opening 3-2 win over FC Cincinnati on March 1.

New York also posted its first road shutout since blanking Portland on Sept. 18, 2019.

Long returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union with a hamstring injury and ended New York's 263-minute scoreless drought by converting a spectacular header after Alejandro Romero Gamarra executed a perfect free kick over D.C's defense in the 29th minute.

Royer got his first goal since the season opener by using his left foot to flip the ball into the net from the right side of the box.

New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara made four saves before exiting in the 62nd minute with an apparent left leg injury. David Jensen finished the game and his lone save was a leaping right-handed stop on Federico Higuain in the 71st minute.

Meara exited after getting his left leg taped up in the 53rd minute.

Meara's best sequence occurred late in the first half to preserve the 1-0 lead.

In the 37th minute, he made a diving stop on Julian Gressel's shot from the center of the box, which resulted in a D.C. corner kick. Following the corner kick, Meara used both hands and made a diving stop on Gelmin Rivas' right-footed shot from the center of the box.

The United (3-6-2, 11 points) were blanked for the second time this season. D.C. finished with eight shots in a game in which they possessed the ball for 62 percent of the time.

D.C. goalkeeper Chris Seitz made his fourth straight start in place of Bill Hamid and finished with four saves.

--Field Level Media
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