It took seven minutes for Atlanta United to move the ball past midfield. Red Bulls pressed the Five Stripes into submission and found themselves with multiple chances. A potential penalty on a Brad Guzan tackle went to VAR and was overturned, and a Tim Parker goal was ruled just offside. Atlanta touched the ball in the 18-yard-box maybe twice.
Eventually, the pressing paid off. A New York corner redirected goalward and Chris McCann slapped the ball for a Red Bulls penalty. This one would not be overturned.
Daniel Royer stepped to the spot and converted.
The Red Bulls press softened a bit in the second half. Not much changed.
Atlanta struggled to find decent chances and, mercifully, New York closed the door in the 75th minute.
Atlanta United returns home up one point in the Supporters’ Shield standings. With three games remaining, Red Bulls will face San Jose, Philadelphia and Orlando City. Atlanta United will likely need to win all three of their remaining games to earn their first trophy in club history.
The Five Stripes face New England on Saturday in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.