Late Conde strike cancels out DeRo’s 100th goal, forces draw for D.C., RBNY

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WASHINGTON — On a night when one of the finest attacking players in MLS history hit a career milestone, a defender ended up stealing the show with a stunning blast of his own.

New York Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde celebrated his 30th birthday with an 88th-minute strike from outside the area to take the spotlight off of Dwayne De Rosario's 100th-career MLS goal and force a 2-2 draw between rivals D.C. United and New York in front of 10,303 at RFK Stadium.

Conde's laser to the upper right-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards out dealt a blow for D.C., which could have jumped to third place with a win and crept within two points of second-place New York with a game in hand all while having the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew bearing down in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The result did ensure that the Atlantic Cup stayed with D.C., as the teams went 1-1-1 against each other this season, but D.C. kept the trophy by outscoring New York 8-6 in the three games.

De Rosario's 18-yard header in the 68th minute broke a 1-1 tie at the time. The landmark goal, started by a long Nick DeLeon ball from the right that Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette came off his line for but was beaten to by De Rosario at the top of the box, lifted the D.C. captain and Canadian international into exclusive company. He joins Jeff Cunningham, Jaime Moreno, Landon Donovan, Ante Razov, Jason Kreis and Taylor Twellman in MLS' 100 club.

The Red Bulls, who traded De Rosario to D.C. for Dax McCarty last summer, failed to win away from home for the eighth straight game but still walk away with a valuable point. They squandered a 1-0 lead that was taken in the 19th minute off a goal from Joel Lindpere, who finished from a left-sided angle off a sliding toe-poked through ball from Thierry Henry.

DeLeon answered a little more than a minute later for D.C., though, hitting a spinning volley off a feed from De Rosario and staying just even with Heath Pearce inside the Red Bulls box to stay onside and level the score.

Bill Hamid sandwiched Lindpere's goal with two stellar saves to keep the Red Bulls from having an explosive first half. He robbed Tim Cahill in the 7th minute off a header from an Henry free kick, and then he stuffed McCarty in the 25th minute on his attempt from the center of the box after Henry fed him with an overhead kick.

New York had two chances to take the lead back in the 65th minute, with McCarty weaving through the defense and feeding Cahill for a shot that was blocked by a sliding Dejan Jakovic. On the ensuing sequence, Brandon McDonald appeared uncertain and hesitant with a chance to clear from inside the area, and his awkwardly hit ball set up Cahill for a powerful header that went just high of the post.

The Red Bulls hardly threatened until Conde's strike, as he followed up on a loose ball from about 25 yards out and rifled a shot past a helpless Hamid to force the draw. 

Here are highlights from the match:

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12 Responses to Late Conde strike cancels out DeRo’s 100th goal, forces draw for D.C., RBNY

  1. Nate Dollars says:

    drinking game: whenever henry has that expression “i can’t believe i have to play alongside these scrubs.”

  2. ManicMessiah says:

    I’m not as high as everyone else is on Conde’s performance at left back. With 2 holding midfielders and only 1 striker, we would’ve looked more solid with anyone at left back. He was great 1 on 1 in space on the wing, though, much better than I thought he’d be.

    Brilliant strike from Conde, and I would’ve taken him off instead of Solli, so there’s that.

    As far as the DeRo goal, I felt like it was inevitable this morning, and the way it was scored is about right for the Red Bulls to have conceded.

  3. Conrad says:

    Well, neither goal was the fault of the back line or the holding mids, per se. The first goal: crap clearance by Holgersson, who is just plain bad. The goal was a nice volley, but a top-flight keeper should have had no trouble with it. The second goal is all on Gaudette: if you’re going to come off your line — and why would you? Holgersson was right on DeRo! — you’d better make it. DeRo made the nice read, but that goal was the keeper’s fault.
    But you really would have taken off Conde for Solli? Solli, Taino, and Lindpere (despite the goal) were poor tonight. And God bless Dax’s work ethic, but they guy has little feet of concrete.
    I don’t blame Henry for his exasperated-scrub look. He got the same look from Cahill on that crappy service that Cahill miraculously got a flick on.

  4. ManicMessiah says:

    Would’ve pushed Solli to right back, Lade to Left back. Coming from further back gives Solli a better chance to get to the wing with space to put in a cross.

    Conde isn’t a great option going forward, unless everyone else so that golazo coming.

  5. G says:

    Oh, and DC won the Atlantic Cup.

  6. Dank says:

    Disappointed not to get the win with DC, but a really entertaining game to watch.

  7. Conrad says:

    Ridiculous.

  8. Bowie Boy says:

    Those are the 2 points DC fans are going to look back on when the year is over, and wonder why United either missed the playoffs, or ended up in a play-in game. 2 points worth way more to United fans tonight than any silly front office cup.

  9. cj says:

    No mention of how McCarty was robbed of a beautiful goal? Cahill called for a “foul” by laying the ball off his head to McCarty who rips it from 20 yards out to the upper 90.

  10. joe k says:

    yeah — that was a spectacular strike. and that was truly a phantom foul. henry was called for a similar bogus foul about 10 minutes earlier too.

    at least the ref didn’t give DeRo that penalty he flopped for.

  11. Brain Guy says:

    I think Cahill’s jumping ability and timing allow him to win balls in the air over taller defenders, and referees might assume that there must have been a foul for the smaller guy to win the ball.

  12. Scott A says:

    Salazar is pretty bad. He screwed both NY and DC on a few calls. Yay, the crap evens out.