Atlanta United do Red Bulls a favor

Atlanta United doing Red Bulls a favor


The New York Red Bulls became the third Eastern Conference team to secure their place in the Major League Soccer (MLS) playoffs on Wednesday with victory over the Atlanta United on Orlando City SC. 

Without playing, the team that plays in New Jersey joined the Philadelphia Union and CF Montreal among the teams having obtained their post-season tournament ticket. At 50 points and with three games to go, they had to hope for a loss to Orlando to qualify.

The “Lions” are fifth in the East with 42 points, but still need to complete four met. Atlanta, which is fighting for a place among the first seven clubs in the association, carried out a good operation by winning 1-0 in Florida.

Thiago Almada was the only scorer for the meeting, in the 72nd minute of play. The Argentinian midfielder went for a clever “one-two” with his teammate Andrew Gutman before avoiding the diving tackle from Antonio Carlos to find himself alone against Pedro Wales. The 21-year-old beat the Peruvian goalkeeper to his right with a cross shot.

The goal gave Atlanta a second straight win after defeating Toronto FC 4-2 on Saturday last.

Head coach Gonzalo Pineda's men are ninth with 39 points, two points behind the Columbus Crew and seventh place.