Heading into Sunday's match with D.C. United, the Red Bulls were forced to make changes to the regular starting lineup. Wingers Alex Muyl and Mike Grella were carrying one-match suspensions due to yellow card accumulation. Their replacements, Gonzalo Veron and Daniel Royer, played a role in both goals, nearly leading the Red Bulls to victory.
Veron, for all of the talk about his speed and technical ability, scored a goal based on pure hustle and will. There have been questions regarding his effort, but his performance against D.C. should do a lot to silence them. In previous matches at winger, Veron tended to get isolated and limited to few opportunities. On Sunday, the Argentine Designated Player was constantly moving from one end of the field to the other and forced his way onto the scoresheet.
"I thought it was great for Gonzalo to get a goal," Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch said in his post-match press conference. "We've been working on our outside midfielders joining in on the back post, being able to score goals like that."