On a night when league legend Dwayne De Rosario scored the 100th goal of his MLS career, who would have thought makeshift left back Wilman Conde would be the one stealing the show with a spectacular finish?
Well that’s what happened Wednesday at RFK Stadium as D.C. United settled for a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls thanks to Conde’s 88th-minute equalizer for the visitors. In my match report, I explored United’s disappointment that they couldn’t celebrate De Rosario’s milestone with a win.
Here are some of my thoughts on the match:
— Nick DeLeon recovered nicely from his weekend illness. I was surprised after the match to hear DeLeon say he was disappointed with his performance because I thought he was quite good. In addition to his goal and assist, he also forced a stellar save from Bill Gaudette with a blistering shot that easily could have made it 3-1.
— Andy Najar enjoyed an otherwise solid match at right back, but we saw the risk of him pushing forward when Joel Lindpere found plenty of space on Najar’s side before burying the game’s opening goal. Of course, this can happen when a player is learning a new position. I still think right back could end up being Najar’s best spot going forward this season, especially if DeLeon keeps up his fine play on the right.
— Brandon McDonald had an off-game. The typically reliable center back struggled with his distribution and had a few glaring moments in which he lost concentration. As the only field player who has played every minute of the past four games, perhaps McDonald is growing a bit fatigued — mentally and physically. The two-week break after Saturday’s trip to Real Salt Lake should serve him well.