Midfielder Luquinhas scored two goals within four minutes early in the second half to help the New York Red Bulls win 4-1 over DC United on Saturday night.
New York (6-3-5, 23 points) scored their first league win since beating Chicago Fire on April 30. DC (4-7-2, 14 points) did not win the four-point winning streak. New York (1-4-2 at home) claimed their first home win of the season, while DC (1-3-1 away) continues to struggle on the road.
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Lokenhas opened the scoring in the second half when he pounced on a bypassed shot from DC goalkeeper Bill Hamed and slipped it between two defenders to give the Red Bulls the lead in the 54th minute. It came against the tide of play early in the second half as DC had a host of chances but didn’t He manages to get a shot on goal.
It took Lokenhas just four minutes to double the Red Bulls’ lead with a stunning shot. After New York’s pass was in the air inside the penalty area, Luquinhas slid his shot off the air to the far top corner.
In the 63rd minute, Lewis Morgan responded to Lokenhas’ shot with a reel shot to make it 3-0 to the hosts. It looked as if DC was about to clear a corner, but Morgan fired a shot from outside the box into the far top corner.
Ola Camara got a late consolation goal for DC in the 88th minute. Julian Gressel made a cross pass that narrowly reached his feet and passed a low cross to Camara, who shot it past Carlos Coronel. It was DC’s only shot on target in the entire match.
New York’s fourth goal came in the 90th minute from a series of deviations that passed in front of DC defender Jose Alvaro. He was set up with a long pass from Caden Clark to Tom Barlow who ran into the DC box and tried to put a shot on the tire. Barlow’s effort veered the defender slipping over Hamed to the crossbar, then turned back to Alvaro to net.
Hamid ended the night with two bras that saved six shots on goal.