Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his first since returning from injury, drawing Atlanta United FC to finish out a two match road trip.
The Red Bulls fell behind early, but battled back and took the lead on goals from Daniel Royer and Brian White. Ultimately a late Josef Martinez double nearly doomed RBNY, but Bradley Wright-Phillips equalized at the death, drawing 3-3.
The Red Bulls and Five Stripes each entered the match missing significant pieces. The Red Bulls backline were missing Tim Parker (Injury), Aaron Long (International call-up), and Michael Murillo (Suspension). Murillo picked up a red card against the Dynamo midweek. Further up the field, Kaku misses the match after also picking up a red card against the Dynamo. The Red Bulls also coped with travel issues before the match. Severe weather kept the team from arriving in Atlanta until 10am Sunday morning, just hours before the match.
The Five Stripes were missing starters Leandro Gonzalez Pires (Suspension), Ezequiel Barco (Injury), and Tito Villalba (Injury).
The Five Stripes opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Following a Red Bull free kick, Atlanta broke on a counter attack. Pity Martinez played a ball wide for Justin Meram. Meram’s first touch took Kyle Duncan out of the play and allowed the winger a 1 on 1 opportunity against Luis Robles. Meram slotted the ball low to beat Robles and give the home side the lead.
The Red Bulls leveled the match in the 37th minute. The move leading to the goal came from trademark Red Bull pressing. Alex Muyl took advantage of a poor first touch from Mikey Ambrose, regaining possession and driving forward. His pass went to Marc Rzatkowski, and Rzatkowski played the ball to Royer. Daniel Royer received a pass at the top of the box. After bobbling his first touch, he settled the ball, then fired a shot with his left foot. The shot eluded Brad Guzan and found the back of the net.
In the second half, the Red Bulls pulled ahead in the 60th minute. Alex Muyl played provider again, receiving the ball on the right wing, and sending a low cross through the 18-yard box. Brian White waited unmarked, and easily buried his shot against the helpless Brad Guzan. White brought his tally up to six goals since taking over the striker position during Bradley Wright-Phillips long injury layoff.
The Five Stripes pulled the match level again in the 79th minute. Kyle Duncan’s contact with Josef Martinez earned a penalty kick. Martinez stepped up to the spot and converted the penalty. Martinez doubled his tally in the 91st minute, heading a Franco Escobar cross off the crossbar and over the line.
The Red Bulls answered right back, driving down the field and scoring. Bradley Wright-Phillips picked up a loose ball in the box, shooting low and beating Brad Guzan.
The Red Bulls improved to 8-7-4 following the draw. Extending their unbeaten regular season streak against the Five Stripes.
Next up, the Red Bulls return home for their first Hudson River Derby of 2019. New York City FC, pending their result Sunday, is currently on a 15 match unbeaten streak, and will offer another tough test. The Red Bulls should have the majority of their first choice lineup available.
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