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November 3, 2012
Wilman is the man: Conde's late heroics help Red Bulls salvage a 2-2 tie at United

This story is reposted from Aug. 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Left back Wilman Conde salvaged a point and avoided a crushing loss for the Red Bulls on Wednesday night, scoring a dramatic goal to lift the visitors into a 2-2 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

Conde, finding all sorts of space off a D.C. clearance, fired a right-footed bullet into the right side of the net to equalize and spoil a historic night by former Red Bulls midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. De Ro became the seventh player in Major League history to reach the 100-goal barrier in the 68th minute to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

De Rosario knocked in a long ball past Gaudette at the top of the penalty area.

But Conde had some other plans as he celebrated his 30th birthday with his first goal as a Red Bull. A left-footed player, Conde took the winning goal with his right foot.

"Normally it's an American football kick over the bar," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe told MSG afterwards. "It was a phenomenal strike, of course."

Added rookie right back Connor Lade: "What a goal. In the dying moments of the game it was huge. We owe him for that."

Conde was more nonchalant about it.

"It was simply at the right place at the right time," he told MSG. "I was fortunate to have an opportunity to score the goal."

The tie left the Red Bulls (13-8-7, 46 points) in second place in the Eastern Conference while United moved to 13-9-5 and 44 points.

"It's a good sign because ou can pick up a tie on the road," Backe told MSG. "I was pleased with that."

Added Conde: "Even though we let up two goals, well done."

Despite Conde's late dramatics, the tie also extended the Red Bulls' road winless streak to eight games (0-4-4). They haven't won away from Red Bull Arena since a 2-1 victory at the expansion Montreal Impact on May 19.

Lade said he had mixed emotions.

"We were happy with grinding it out a tie but disappointed we didn't get a win," he was quoted by MSG..

The Red Bulls will have 17 days off until their next game, thanks to the World Cup qualifying break. They next play the Columbus Crew at home on Sept. 15.

In a marked improvement over their lackluster attack against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, the Red Bulls came out much stronger against United and it eventually paid off.

They almost struck twice on a pair of headers by Australian international midfielder Tim Cahill two minutes apart before a crowd of 10,303.

In the seventh minute, D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid denied Cahill from point-blank range on the right side. In the ninth minute, Cahill headed his attempt wide left.

"It was huge for us," Lade said about the way the Red Bulls played early. "We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and take the game to them."

Ten minutes later, Joel Lindpere lifted the visitors into a 1-0 lead. Thierry Henry, back from paternity leave due to the birth of his son, pushed the ball to Lindpere while he fell to the ground. The Estonian international found some room on the left side and blasted a 15-yard shot past Hamid for his fourth goal of the season.

The Red Bulls, however, committed a cardinal sin of soccer, allowing United to score barely two minutes later.

Central defender Markus Holgersson set the stage as he failed to clear the ball out of danger. The ball eventually came to De Rosario, who fed rookie Nick De Leon in the penalty area. De Leon slotted the ball past Gaudette for a 1-1 deadlock in the 21st minute.

"Unfortunately, it is two mistakes," Backe told MSG. "We gave away two goals. It's more probably mentally for the guys. They played quite well. We controlled the second half."

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty found himself with a fabulous opportunity boost his team into the lead, but his shot in the area was denied by Hamid, who dived to his right in the 25th minute.

Englishman Lloyd Sam made his Red Bulls debut in the 83rd minute, replacing midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli.

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