The New York Red Bulls picked up a massive three points against league leaders Atlanta United with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. The gap between the two teams is now a single point, with both teams have three games left to play.
Red Bulls cruise past Atlanta United, pull within one point of Shield
The home team had a penalty awarded in the 25th minute as Alex Muyl was seemingly fouled by Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan, but after a VAR review, it was reversed.
13 minutes later, the Red Bulls were again given a penalty as Chris McCann handled the ball from a corner kick. Danny Royer stepped up and sent Guzan the wrong way, giving the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead.
The second half would start with Atlanta with a majority of the early opportunities, including a period in which they won multiple corners. But Luis Robles stepped up and caught them all out of the air.
In the 75th minute, Tim Parker scored with superb work from Alex Muyl shortly after Atlanta cleared a corner. It was Parker’s first goal for the club since joining prior to the start of the 2018 season.
Referee Robert Sibiga awarded the Red Bulls another penalty with 15 minutes remaining as Eric Remedi handled, but Kaku’s effort from the penalty spot was saved by Guzan.
It was a professional performance from the Red Bulls, especially considering they were without star striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was suspended, and Homegrown midfielder Tyler Adams, who was held out with back spasms.
The Red Bulls are in action next against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Saturday October 6 at 10:30pm EST, while Atlanta are next up against the New England Revolution on the same in Atlanta.
Man of the Match
Alex Muyl had an assist and ran Atlanta United’s midfield and defense into the ground today. His performances down the stretch have been massive for the Red Bulls.
Photo by Matt Kremkau