Atlanta United draws with New York Red Bulls


Behind several outstanding saves from Brad Guzan, Atlanta United battled New York Red Bulls to a 0-0 draw on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in a possible preview of a first-round playoff matchup.

The draw, combined with a 3-2 win by Chicago over Philadelphia, dropped the Five Stripes (15-9-9)  into fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference with one game remaining in the regular season. The team is two points behind second-place NYCFC, which was beaten 2-1 by New England, and one point behind the Fire. The Red Bulls (13-12-8) remain in the sixth and final playoff spot.

The first- and second-place teams will receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The third- and fourth-place teams will host games against the fifth and sixth seeds in the first round, which is a knockout format.

Atlanta United will try to pass both Chicago and NYCFC when it hosts Toronto, the league’s best team this season, on Oct. 22. Atlanta United has posted on social media that it has surpassed the record-setting attendance game against Orlando in which more than 71,000 tickets were sold. The roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is also scheduled to be open for the first time for a soccer game, if the weather permits.

Toronto has already clinched the Supporter’s Shied for earning the most points during the regular season and has locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta United and Toronto drew 2-2 in their first meeting in April. Atlanta United played that game without Josef Martinez, who was injured.

Guzan saved Atlanta United numerous times in the second half as New York pulled apart Atlanta United’s defense with clever passing and movement.

Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who leads the league in assists, got free in the 64th minute to put in a low cross from the left side toward Bradley Wright-Phillips that Guzan somehow tipped over the bar.

Guzan then saved a point-blank header from Gonzalo Veron, who came in for Wright-Phillips.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Falcons’ Neal added to Pro Bowl roster
Falcons’ Neal added to Pro Bowl roster

Falcons safety Keanu Neal was named to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will play in Super Bowl LII as the Eagles face the Patriots on Feb. 4. Neal joins teammates wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack and linebacker Deion Jones as Pro Bowlers. Jones, who will not participate in the game, and...
West Virginia looks to maintain perfect record in TCU series
West Virginia looks to maintain perfect record in TCU series

FORT WORTH — If West Virginia has any team’s number in Big 12 play, look no further than tonight’s opponent. The No. 7 Mountaineers are a perfect 11-0 all-time vs. TCU heading into the Monday night showdown at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs came achingly short of their first win ever against...
Former Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung makes Pro Bowl
Former Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung makes Pro Bowl

Thanks to Russell Okung, there’s a former Oklahoma State player heading to the Pro Bowl for the fourteenth straight year. Okung, now a tackle with the Los Angeles Chargers, was selected for the 2018 Pro Bowl. This is the fourteenth straight Pro Bowl featuring the Cowboys, according to the Oklahoma State athletic department. Okung...
Nick Saban makes the statement every Alabama fan wants to hear
Nick Saban makes the statement every Alabama fan wants to hear

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily  Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talk with ESPN’s Chris Low about some coaching changes happening at Alabama and more. Nick Saban’s statement maybe one of his best. Topics discussed...
Senior Bowl Tweetcap: Akins, Matthews and Sullivan are intriguing NFL prospects
Senior Bowl Tweetcap: Akins, Matthews and Sullivan are intriguing NFL prospects

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage on Monday, January, 22, 2018. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) MOBILE, Ala. — Practices are set to start for the 69th annual Senior Bowl on Tuesday. The college all-start game is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Executive director Phil Savage discussed some...
More Stories