Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan celebrates a 3-1 victory over D.C. United during the home opener in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Atlanta United wins New York rivalry game

Atlanta United was the big winner after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between NYCFC and New York Red Bulls maligned field that is Yankee Stadium.

With players slipping and sliding on the grass covering the infield, NYCFC overcame red cards to Eloi Amagat and Ebenezer Ofori to secure a point.

The draw puts Atlanta United firmly in control of the Supporters’ Shield.

The Five Stripes lead MLS with 51 points, two more than New York Red Bulls on the same number of games, and three more than NYCFC, which has played one more game.

Atlanta United can extend its advantage with a victory at Orlando City on Friday. Red Bulls will host D.C. United on Sunday and Houston on Wednesday. Both teams are fighting to get into the playoffs. NYCFC will play at Columbus on Sept. 1.

In other news on Wednesday, Columbus, the team moving to Austin, unveiled its new badge. 

The franchise is giving up its iconic black and yellow, which no one else in MLS has, for black and green, which has been used by at least two franchises and may again be a part of road uniforms for Portland and Seattle.

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