Wayne Rooney gets sent off early, and D.C. United falls to the New York Red Bulls

D.C. United’s Ola Kamara scored on a fantastic target within the 55th minute, but it surely wasn’t sufficient in a 2-1 loss to the New York Crimson Bulls. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Publish)

D.C. United started Wednesday night time’s recreation with out urgency or concord, and the contention fit towards the New York Crimson Bulls briefly grew to become within the guests’ choose. It looked to be the early phases of a self-inflicted crisis due to a deficient efficiency and a 24th-minute crimson card for captain Wayne Rooney. However simply ahead of halftime, United earned a reprieve when New York had a person despatched off, too.

The burst of hope that energized Audi Box used to be warranted; United’s Ola Kamara scored within the 55th minute to tie the fit. United’s play already had advanced as the sport stepped forward deeper into the primary part, and that persevered in the second one. However New York transformed a arguable penalty within the 59th minute and held directly to win, 2-1.

“It’s the unsuitable name,” United Trainer Ben Olsen stated of the verdict that resulted in the go-ahead target. “So what do I inform my guys in there that paintings their asses off for 80 mins and gave the entirety? One message is 80 mins ain’t just right sufficient, and also you’ve were given to play each and every minute and now not put your self in that spot by way of having a greater get started. However after that, I used to be extraordinarily happy with the trouble and the struggle.”

Kamara, United’s newly received Norwegian ahead, had equalized from out of doors the penalty field, a bending strike that showcased his talent as a confirmed goal-scorer in MLS. The tie used to be short-lived as a result of Daniel Royer transformed his disputed penalty kick 4 mins later. Officers dominated that United midfielder Lucas Rodríguez tripped Michael Murillo within the field, a choice that precipitated the group to chant for a video evaluation and throw gadgets onto the sector.

“Large, large second within the recreation,” Olsen stated. “And I assumed he were given it unsuitable.”

However Royer’s shot that despatched D.C. goalkeeper Invoice Hamid the unsuitable means counted all of the identical, placing New York forward and lengthening what has been a lopsided contention lately. United had a handful of possibilities past due within the recreation, together with a possibility in stoppage time, however couldn’t smash via.

The loss despatched United (10-Nine-Nine, 39 issues) again to 5th position within the Japanese Convention, with New York (12-10-Five, 41) leaping into fourth.

“They had been very drained in spite of everything,” Kamara stated. “We had been just a little unfortunate with the outcome and the way in which that we made Crimson Bulls drained. They had been simply keeping on in spite of everything. We in fact [played] a just right recreation, but it surely doesn’t topic after we don’t win.”

As soon as Rooney leaves the District after the season, Kamara will tackle one of the vital burden of changing his manufacturing, simply as he did when the English famous person left the sector Wednesday. Each Olsen and United winger Paul Arriola referred to as Kamara the most productive participant at the subject towards New York. Kamara’s target sparked an eruption within the stadium, very similar to the only ahead of halftime when New York’s Amro Tarek picked up his 2d yellow card of the night time, making a 10-on-10 situation for the overall 45 mins of play.

After United began the sport suffering to deal with ownership, Rodríguez’s giveaway resulted in a sixth-minute target by way of New York’s Alejandro Romero Gamarra, an Argentine midfielder referred to as Kaku. Later, Rooney gained his crimson card after a video evaluation of a play on which his arm rammed into Cristian Cásseres Jr.’s neck on a nook, leaving the house membership down a person with greater than 65 mins to play.

“Someone who is aware of the sport of soccer can see what the intent used to be,” Rooney stated of the play. “It used to be to check out to ease the participant out. And referee noticed it as a crimson card, and so I’m very disillusioned.”

Since Rooney’s announcement this month that he’ll depart United after the season moderately than keep till the top of his contract, his on-field performances have lacked his same old fanfare. Together with his days numbered in MLS, Rooney overlooked a contemporary fit towards the Los Angeles Galaxy on account of sickness after which performed 74 mins towards Vancouver ahead of yelling on the fourth reliable on his means off the sector. Subsequent got here Rooney’s crimson card towards the Crimson Bulls. Olsen stated after the loss that he hasn’t spotted any trade in Rooney’s mentality in contemporary weeks.

United reinforced its roster not too long ago with a number of additions, together with Kamara. United additionally added midfielder Felipe Martins and winger Emmanuel Boateng right through the switch window. After Kamara and Boateng each subbed into United’s earlier recreation towards Vancouver, Kamara performed about 70 mins towards New York.

Upon his arrival originally of August, Martins stuffed a void in central midfield, changing into a much-needed choice on the place whilst Russell Canouse (collapsed lung) and Chris Durkin (ankle) recuperate from accidents.

However the team Olsen referred to as upon Wednesday couldn’t push forward of New York, extending a well-known pattern. For the reason that starting of the 2015 season, United has crushed the Crimson Bulls simplest as soon as in 14 tries — a 2-Zero consequence at house in Would possibly 2016. New York has defeated United in six common season suits right through that length along with profitable each legs of the 2015 MLS Cup convention semifinals, whilst the groups have tied 5 occasions.

Kamara supplied a spark Wednesday that advised the outcome may trade — or that United most likely would no less than scrounge a necessary level because it tries to climb up the congested convention standings. As an alternative, the past due alternatives by no means landed within the internet, and what changed into a 10-on-10 matchup remained tilted in choose of the workforce that began the sport with poise.

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