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D.C. United 1, New York Red Bulls 0

Eddie Johnson, left, joins Davy Arnaud in celebrating Arnaud’s fourth-minute goal against the Red Bulls. (By Tony Quinn)

My match report from D.C. United’s second consecutive victory, a 1-0 decision against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium.

The last time DCU won consecutive league matches: October 2012.

Next: at Columbus next Saturday, 7:30 (no standard TV in the D.C. area).

The Red Bulls created more than enough chances to win, but United found a way to earn three points — something that did not happen last year. Yes, if the playoffs started today, United is in.

Ben Olsen: “We talked about this: We said until we are clicking everywhere around the field and really have our identity of who we are, we’ve got to find a way to get points, and I think we did that tonight. They had a bunch of chances. They were very good, they were a better team.”

Thierry Henry: “We played the way football should be played, but we didn’t score. I’m pretty positive about the way we can rectify that and continue to play the way we did in the second half.”

Most importantly, United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, a Virginia Commonwealth graduate, on hearing the renowned VCU pep band belting out tunes next to the Barra Brava: “I came out to the field and thought, ‘That sounds really familiar.’ I had no idea they would be here. I had to get a little closer to see all of the VCU shirts.”

Bill Hamid should fully recover from a foot injury by next week, but should Olsen stay with a goalkeeper in good form?

Olsen, on Eddie Johnson‘s scoring rut: “Eddie’s movement was very good. He continued to play well. I know the goal didn’t come again and you guys will be all over that, but maybe try to focus on the three points and how well he is playing, holding the ball up and doing some of the things his team needs to get three points.”

In third-division USL-Pro, DCU homegrown forward Michael Seaton, 17, scored in the first half of the Richmond Kickers’ 2-1 loss at Charlotte — his second straight match with a goal. United’s Christiano Francois assisted.

Reminder: The Washington Spirit opens the NWSL season Sunday at 4 p.m. at Maryland SoccerPlex against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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Steven Goff · April 12, 2014