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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Rafa Marquez
Defender Brandon Barklage knocked in the first two goals of his MLS career Sunday night, leading the New York Red Bulls into a first-place tie with D.C. United with a 3-2 win before a franchise record crowd of 25,187.
Chris Pontius scored his first career hat trick to lead D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.
The New York Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez was suspended for three games and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for one game for separate actions during the match on Saturday.
New York Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez will miss Saturday night's match vs. Portland after being suspended by coach Hans Backe on Friday.
Forward Thierry Henry said Thursday that an offseason of rest will help him and the New York Red Bulls reach their goal of an MLS Cup next year a lot more than spending more money on international stars.
"I have no problem playing there," Marquez said. "Whatever the coach wants."