Both DC United and the Portland Timbers came into the game fighting for the final playoff spots in their respective conferences. A 2-0 win for United meant that both teams ended the day in 6th position.
The last time the New York Red Bulls hosted New York F.C. the home team destroyed their star laden visitors 7-0. While the score wasn't as lopsided this time, once the first goal went in, there was no doubt over the eventual winners.