D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have played a litany of important playoff matches and other momentous occasions. But one clip that always makes the Atlantic Cup retrospective highlight reel came during a relatively benign regular season afternoon 14 years ago at the old Giants Stadium.
On April 22, 2006, Alecko Eskandarian popped up to take advantage of Marvelle Wynne's half-clearance to score a clean but unremarkable opening goal in D.C.'s 4-1 victory at the Meadowlands, in the Red Bulls' first home Atlantic Cup meeting after changing their name from their former MetroStars moniker
It was what Eskandarian's actions afterward that etched him into derby eternity, when he fetched a can of Red Bull energy drink — made by the company that had acquired the Big Apple club — took a sip and then spit it out upon the East Rutherford artificial surface.
Eskandarian finished with the day with a brace. He scored only four more times for D.C. before moving on from his first pro club.