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New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl controls the ball as D.C. United forward Paul Arriola looks on during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl controls the ball as D.C. United forward Paul Arriola looks on during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Gonzalo Veron and Michael Murillo scored minutes apart and the New York Red Bulls beat rival D.C. United 2-1 on Sunday for the Atlantic Cup in the final MLS game at RFK Stadium.

United is set to play home games next season at the new Audi Field, located three miles southwest of RFK.

New York (14-12-8), which last won at RFK in 2013, will be the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and play at third-seeded Chicago in the Knockout round. >> Read more

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Sep 27, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) reacts after scoring a goal against D.C. United during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 27, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) reacts after scoring a goal against D.C. United during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Fidel Escobar's own goal in second-half stoppage time lifted last-place D.C. United to a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

United (9-17-5) avoided elimination from playoff contention. New York (12-11-7) had its winless streak extended to seven games.

New York took a 3-2 lead in the 78th after scoring twice in a four-minute span. Tyler Adams sent a loose ball through the legs of two players into the net and Gonzalo Veron scored on a penalty kick.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) passes the ball during the match against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) passes the ball during the match against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

As big as the New York Red Bulls' long-running rivalry with D.C. United may be, they would take any win against any team right now just to get back on the path to the postseason.

New York (12-11-6, 42 points) has not won in its last six matches (two losses, four draws), falling from fourth place to sixth in the process. Slide any further down the Eastern Conference standings and the Red Bulls would be beneath the playoff line and in danger of a first season without a postseason berth since 2009.

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NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

It's win and get in for D.C. United in their match Sunday against David Villa and New York City FC, the only team to beat D.C. since late July.United is among the league's hottest teams since the July acquisitions of forward Patrick Mullins and winger Lloyd Sam, having won their last three matches while going unbeaten in their last five.

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NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (7) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (7) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Frank Lampard scored his second goal of the match three minutes into stoppage time to give New York City FC a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Thursday night.

Lampard took a pass from Khiry Shelton at the top of the area, faked a defender and goalkeeper Bill Hamid with the right, and slammed it home with the left. NYC improved to 12-8-8.

United (7-9-11) led 1-0 late, but NYC's David Villa scored in the 79th minute thanks to a crucial mistake by United defender Sean Franklin, whose back-pass fed Villa on a clean breakaway. In the 85th minute, after a physical scramble in the corner for a loose ball, Shelton pushed it to the center of the box. Villa tapped it to Lampard before getting hauled down, and Lampard buried it for the go-ahead.

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D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio scores a goal against the New York Red Bulls in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio scores a goal against the New York Red Bulls in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

D.C. United earned the first three points in the 2016 Atlantic Cup with a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls.

In the 19th minute, Alvaro Saborio opened the scoring for D.C., while Patrick Nyarko doubled the lead for the home side in the 43rd minute.

On the first goal, D.C. found Marcello Sarvas on a beautiful pass when the Red Bulls defense was out of position. In an effort to recover, Saborio was left unmarked and tapped in a goal on an easy cross. On the second goal, Nyarko volleyed home a perfectly placed cross after flying unmarked into the box.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) controls the ball against the Orlando City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) controls the ball against the Orlando City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

Revenge may not be a major motivator for D.C. United right now even though the club has been knocked out of the MLS playoffs each of the last two seasons by the New York Red Bulls.

Both teams were thought to be contenders but are floundering heading into Friday night's matchup at RFK Stadium.

These Atlantic Cup rivals met in the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the last two years, with New York (3-6-1) emerging victorious including a 2-0 aggregate victory a year ago. Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips had the goals.

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New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton dribbles the ball as D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp chases in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton dribbles the ball as D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp chases in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

David Villa scored his seventh goal in 10 games, Khiry Shelton added another and New York City FC beat D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday night.

Villa is tied with Portland's Fanendo Adi and San Jose's Chris Wondolowski for the MLS scoring lead.

In the 49th minute, Thomas McNamara flicked Shelton's cross and Villa powered a shot off the hands of goalkeeper Travis Worra. Four minutes later, Shelton jumped between two defenders and redirected Ronald Matarrita's cross for a 2-0 advantage.

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