MLS Review: Kaku sinks DC United, Sounders win again
New York Red Bulls defeated DC United thanks to Kaku's long-range effort, while Seattle Sounders extended their winning streak to seven games.
Alejandro Romero Gamarra – better known as Kaku – was the hero as his thunderous second-half effort lifted the high-flying Red Bulls past DC 1-0 in MLS on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney's DC had gone five matches without defeat to move into play-off contention but that changed at Red Bull Arena, where the former Manchester United and England captain almost scored from a free-kick in the ninth minute.
DC enjoyed some great opportunities to make the breakthrough before half-time – Oniel Fisher's header sailing over the crossbar from point-blank range.
.@kakuromero17 with the to put us up 1-0!
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) August 27, 2018
However, the Red Bulls – riding a four-match unbeaten streak – took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Kaku riffled a shot past Bill Hamid.
And the Red Bulls managed to hold on for all three points after Rooney hit the post during the latter stages of the second half.
— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 27, 2018
With the win, the Red Bulls moved within two points of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United, while DC remain eighth and six points outside of the play-off spots.
In Portland, the Sounders stayed hot with a hard-fought 1-0 victory away to the Timbers.
An own goal from Julio Cascante gifted the Sounders the win and condemned the Timbers to a fourth consecutive defeat.