POSTGAME NOTES: BWP’s Second-Half Brace Leads New York Past Atlanta United FC

New York Red Bulls 3, Atlanta United FC 1

2018 MLS Regular Season Match 10

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 7 p.m. ET

Mercedes Benz Stadium | Atlanta, Ga.

Box Score

Scoring Summary: 

ATL – Ezequiel Barc 3 (unassisted) 26’

NY – Daniel Royer 3 (PK) 42’

NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 7 (Michael Amir Murillo, Kaku) 51’

NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 8 (Kaku, Florian Valot) 55’

Misconduct Summary:

NY – Florian Valot (caution, unsporting behavior) 29

ATL – Jeff Larentowicz (caution, unsporting behavior) 49’

NY – Tim Parker (caution, time wasting) 57’

ATL – Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (caution, unsporting behavior) 65’

ATL – Greg Garza (ejection, serious foul) 71’

NY – Connor Lade (caution, unsporting behavior) 90+5’

New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kemar Lawrence (Connor Lade, 83’), Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, Tyler Adams (Derrick Etienne, Jr., 79’), Sean Davis, Daniel Royer (Alex Muyl, 90+5’), Kaku, Florian Valot, Bradley Wright-Phillips ©


Atlanta United FC: Brad Guzan; Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Miles Robinson (Hector Villalba, 65’), Michael Parkhurst ©, Greg Garza, Jeff Larentowicz (Kevin Kratz, 64’), Darlington Nagbe, Julian Gressel, Ezequiel Barco (Sal Zizzo, 72’), Miguel Almiron, Jose Martinez



Referee: Christopher Penso

Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Brian Poeschel

4th Official: Fotis Bazakos

VAR: Mark Geiger

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips’ second-half brace paced the New York Red Bulls (7-3-0, 21 pts) past Atlanta United FC (8-3-1, 25 pts), 3-1 on Sunday night at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
  • The Red Bulls extended their overall win streak to four matches and raise their road-winning streak to three games.
  • Atlanta United opened the scoring as Ezequiel Barco picked up possession off a deflected ball inside the 18-yard-box and snuck one past Ryan Meara in the 26th minute.
  • As time was winding down in the first half, New York earned a penalty kick chance in the 42nd minute. Daniel Royer stepped up and chipped it in for the equalizer.
  • Wright-Phillips put the match away, heading two consecutive goals in a four-minute span to give the Red Bulls the win.
  • Royer hit his first penalty kick of the year and fifth of his career in MLS. Royer is perfect 5-for-5 in penalty kicks for his career.
  • BWP recorded 16th career brace and 20th career multi-goal performance. Wright-Phillips moved in a tie with Robbie Keane for fourth all-time in league history with 20 multi-goal league games.
  • Wright-Phillips improved his career goal total to 94 leagues goals and 111 across all competitions.
  • BWP has rattled off his sixth-straight match with a point. Wright-Phillips owns the longest active point streak in league play. During his stretch, BWP has tallied five goals and four assists.
  • Wright-Phillips’ goal in the 51st minute was his 23rd career league game-winning goal. BWP moved into a four-way tie for 15th place all-time in MLS with Robbie Keane, Javier Morales and Alvaro Saborio.
  • Kaku tallied his third career multi-assist performance with two assists. He extending his assist streak to four consecutive matches, which is the longest active streak in league play.
  • Kaku raised his league-leading assist total to nine.
  • Michael Amir Murillo has tallied an assist in back-to-back matches as he recorded the primary assist on BWP’s first goal.
  • Ryan Meara made his first start in net for the Red Bulls since July 8, 2012. Meara made his first league start overall since March 24, 2015 when he played for NYCFC on loan.
  • Meara tallied a game-high six saves, just one shy of his career best mark.
  • Captain Luis Robles missed the match with a knee injury, ending his MLS Ironman streak at 183 consecutive matches started.
  • With Robles missing the match, BWP was given the honors as captain.
  • New York’s defense held the second-best offense in MLS to one goal, just the fourth time this season Atlanta has been held to a goal or less.
  • Head coach Jesse Marsch improved to 55-34-23 at the helm in New York. Marsch also raised his away record at New York to 17-26-13.
  • New York is 48-43-22 all-time in the month of May. The Red Bulls have tallied 174 goals and have allowed 162 in the fifth month of the year.
  • New York returns home for Military Appreciation Night against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, May 26. The Red Bulls and Union kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on MSG, MSG Go and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.