Do yourself a favor and carve out some time for this clip: you’ll see Red Bull New York take one on the chin early, only to rebound and thoroughly dominate DC for the first hour of the game.
You’ll see Mehdi Ballouchy produce his best game ever in a New York shirt, and Dax McCarty outplay Dwayne De Rosario, the man he was traded for last season, when De Ro went on to win the league MVP award. And most importantly you’ll see—holy crap, Brandon Barklage! Where did that come from? Take a look:
New York coach Hans Backe called that first hour the best soccer the team has played during his tenure (and they pulled it off without Thierry Henry, who is returning from a calf injury and only played the final 20 minutes).
What changed the game was the insertion of Montenegrin (and Yugoslav-born) midfielder Branko Boskovic in the 61st minute. He turned the midfield battle DC’s way with his composure on the ball and ability to pick out teammates (see him find Maicon Santos at 12:10), making the last half hour dicey for New York.
But they held on for a 3-2 win that pulled them level with United atop the Eastern Conference standings (DC maintains first place on goal difference, but New York has a game in hand).
And our money’s on Barklage for Goal of the Week with that outrageous second strike.