The New York Red Bulls halted the Atlanta United FC win streak, getting a revenge win over the visitors under difficult circumstances.
Tom Barlow scored the Red Bulls only goal of the match late in the second half after the home side was reduced to ten men following Tim Parker’s send off. The Red Bulls revival appears to be in full swing as they have now won four of their last five matches, inching further up the Eastern Conference table.
The Red Bulls came out fast, Marc Rzatkowski hit the crossbar in the 3rd minute. The home side created good opportunities, but failed to create much danger, lacking sharpness. The Five Stripes started sluggishly, and looked to slow the game down at every opportunity, having played midweek.
Josef Martinez looked poised to open the scoring in the 29th minute. Amro Tarek misread a long pass to Martinez, and last year’s Golden Boot winner was in alone on goal. Tarek made a spectacular recovery run, tackling the ball away from Martinez and keeping the match level.
The Red Bulls fortunes changed in the 36th minute. Tim Parker received a DOGSO (Denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity) red card following a foul on Josef Martinez. Shortly after, Andreas Ivan left the match injured. The events combined left Red Bull fans furious.
The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the second half through Tom Barlow. In the 65th minute, Sean Nealis picked up a loose ball in the Red Bulls half, and drove forward. Nealis dished the ball to Royer on the right flank. Royer sent in a deep cross to the back post, finding Tom Barlow. The striker delicately nodded the ball back across Brad Guzan, and the ball rolled into the net. The goal ended Atlanta United’s 500+ minute shutout streak.
Atlanta United responded following the goal, but they struggled to crack the bunkering Red Bulls defense. While Atlanta relied on crossing to create opportunities, but Nealis and Tarek commanded the Red Bulls box.
The win improves the Red Bulls to 5-5-2, vaulting the team to sixth place. It is the first time this season they sit above the playoff line. Next up, the Red Bulls return home to face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Wednesday night.
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