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Own Goal returns for the wrong reasons

Fidel Escobar’s accidental deflection gives DC United a road draw.

MLS: D.C. United at New York Red Bulls
Another hard fought match in the books of this old rivalry
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This was a fantastic match as the Red Bulls who were put behind the eight ball with a bad break inside first half stoppage time and keeping Patrick Mullins onside found a way to fight back with two goals of their own to win this match 3-2.

Sadly it all went down for naught as a friend of their’s who has come to their side, decided to become a double agent. Own Goal struck and it struck the Red Bulls hard, as Fidel Escobar deflected or accidentally scored on his own net to end the match in a 3-3 draw.

After a thrown in by DC United was given to Nick Deleon he passed the ball to Bruno Miranda and when he crossed the ball, Escobar lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past his own keeper in Luis Robles for the final equalizer of the night.

“Yeah everybody’s disappointed and gutted They fought back so hard to get themselves back into it and ultimately earn the win, and then we give it away.” said Jesse Marsch,.

“But I just walked in here looking at the stats and it’s the same story. Outplaying a team, outshooting them, being more dangerous, but giving away the most ridiculous goals. That’s not lucky. That’s not good enough. So on one level, we’re our own worst enemy. We’re our own worst enemy.”

But there were some positives on the pitch before this killjoy happened. Tyler Adams scored his first brace of his young professional MLS career as he opened the scoring and got an equalizer against their oldest rivals.

He scored his first professional goal in the 19th minute as it looked like Connor lLade’s cross was missed, but Adams chested down the ball and ripped a top shelf shot across the face and inside the back post.

The second goal for Adams came in the 74th minute and what a sequence it was. Kemar Lawrence crossed the ball which was pushed away by Steve Clark, Lade got to the rebound and when he struck it, the ball nailed the near post and out.

Adams would collect the ball at the top of the area then struck it towards the back post as he nutmegged two DC defenders and Bradley Wright-Phillips allowed the ball to go thru him as well for Adams second of the match.

Then four minutes later Gonzalo Veron works his magic once again to get the go ahead goal. Veron breaks out along the far side of the field and is off to the races. When he entered the DC area he was hauled down from behind and referee Chris Penso points to the spot.

All Veron does is stutter step towards the ball and then rips it inside the far post, even thought Steve Clark guessed right, he still never got a hand on it., Gonzalo Veron has improved his play and has looked much more comfortable in each and every game.

But of course the one thing that has plagued this side is set piece defending. End of first half stoppage time, DC scores an equalizer with luck as Zoltan Stieber ripped a low hard shot off the NY Wall, but it rolled harmlessly inside the far post.

Then in the 70th minute Patrick Mullins converted his fifth goal in two games as he beat the offside trap and found a way to convert the cross from Russell Canouse to take a one goal lead.

But while the Red Bulls dropped two points tonight, the Montreal Impact lost in the Bronx, so the lead is now at four points in the final spot while other results went their way. But we all know it will be a very tough place to play at when this club heads to BMO Field as Toronto FC has finally made it feel like a fortress.