Full-time - Whatever.
53’ - 3-1 Red Bulls.
51’ - Red Bulls lead through BWP. Everything is bad.
42’ - The Red Bulls have pulled level with the help of the men in yellow. After a Josef Martinez goal was overturned by VAR, New Jersey was given a penalty. Daniel Royer scored with a panenka to make it 1-1.
25’ - Atlanta leads! Ezequiel Barco continues his hot streak with his third goal of the season midway through the first half. A deflected Miguel Almiron shot found Barco onside and he beat Ryan Meara with ease.
Big time players, make big time plays in big time games. pic.twitter.com/9dMLIjTdSP— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) May 20, 2018
Pre-game: We’re back at it. Atlanta United return home for a Eastern conference showdown with the very good New York Red Bulls. This marks the first time the red half of New York has visited Atlanta since being the first-ever opponent for the Five Stripes way back in March of 2017 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
That loss still hurts to this day because Atlanta, in their first-ever MLS game, out-played a veteran and talented team for the majority of the match. Not much has changed with the Red Bulls since then. They’re still extremely dangerous in attack and as tough to break down as ever.
Jesse Marsch’s side has only played nine matches so far while putting on a valiant showing in the CONCACAF Champions League. Despite playing two fewer matches than Atlanta, they sit in fifth at 18 points and are the only other club (along with Atlanta) to boast a Points Per Game percentage of two or higher.
The Five Stripes are back in form after the speed bump against Sporting Kansas City. They’re coming off a satisfying win in Orlando and look as threatening as ever with Ezequiel Barco getting comfortable in Tata Martino’s attack. If Atlanta can start to convert more of their great chances, it’ll be hard to see them being knocked off their perch in the East any time soon.
This should be a very interesting clash of styles with both teams loving to press. Buckle up...
Note: We’re trying something new with our match threads this year. We’ll be updating the post with updates of goals and big moments as they happen. Check back every so often during the match for highlights and commentary.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
New York Red Bull’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game (English), AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope), La Mejor 1600 AM (Spanish)
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