The New York Red Bulls stifled one of the most fearsome front three in all of MLS in a 3-1 victory over Atlanta United FC.
A huge reason for that was attributed to Aaron Long and Tim Parker, two individuals whose chemistry with one another is still building.
“We think that’s the best duo in the league and we think that pair is going to give us a chance to win every game because today you see the best attacking players in the league and they weren’t able to get much room or space on those guys because they are quality,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “They are strong, they are athletic, they are smart, they are clear and sharp, so you know we’re very fortunate to have those two as a foundation of what we do in the back.”
Not only does their athleticism and intelligence shine through, the tandem showed why their pairing is special.
“They are truly growing to love playing with each other and the mentality they have for each other as a unit is only going to get better which is already incredibly strong.”
With the strong backline unit to trust in, it allows for freedom to let Bradley Wright-Phillips, who drew a first half penalty and scored a second-half brace, go to work.
“When you have a backline like that to build off of, it gives the attackers a bit more time to get the attacking game going,” Wright-Phillips said. “I think that is what has been happening this season.”
Four straight wins overall and three on the road, this Red Bulls side is just getting started.
“We are lucky right now with the defenders we have,” Marsch said. “I think it’s been shown with the amount of goals we have not conceded.”