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Late NY goal tops 10-man DC squad, 1-0

Midfielder Lloyd Sam's one-touch and shoot in the 90th minute gave New York a 1-0 victory over a DC United Squad that played most of the game with only 10 men.

Midfielder Lloyd Sam’s one-touch and shoot in the 90th minute gave New York a 1-0 victory over a DC United Squad that played most of the game with only 10 men.

It was only a matter of time before the New York Red Bulls were going to score the winning goal against a DC United Squad that saw Fabian Espindola in the 32nd minute after a rough challenge on Dax McCarty. But the question was would the game block allow enough time for it to happen.

In the 90th minute New York finally broke through when midfielder Lloyd Sam settled a ball sent by Jamison Olave from the top of the box before taking one touch to get it away from a charging defender and sliding it through the legs of DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid from inside the 6-yard box. It was Sam’s third goal of the campaign.

With the victory New York (9-8-10) won their fourth-straight home game and moved up one spot in the Eastern Conference standings past the Columbus Crew (9-9-9) while United (14-9-5) remains at the top by five points.

Forced to play down a man for most of the game United really struggled to keep possession, the Red Bulls held the ball 69-percent of the time, and were out-shot by the Red Bulls 19-5. To their credit United plays were well despite the constant pressure but a lapse at the very end that allowed Sam to get out wide with only a defender on his outside near cost them the draw. United’s defense attempted to crash in but Sam was able to get the shot off before DC could get in proper position.

Hamid was denied his ninth clear sheet of the season but has two very impressive saves. In the 71st minute he stopped a close-range shot by Peguy Lynidula and in the 77th minute he prevented a one-on-one attempt by Thierry Henry.

MLS goal leader Bradley Wright-Phillips did not play in the second half while Chris Pontius, who is coming back from an injury, was subbed in, in the 82nd minute as United attempted to get more offense on the field.

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