Parker Gets Rare Goal To Help Red Bulls Top Atlanta

Tim Parker, Red Bulls, USMNT
Tim Parker of the New York Red Bulls. Photo: Ben Solomon via NewYorkRedBulls.com

No Bradley Wright-Phillips for the New York Red Bulls? No problem. Call Tim Parker.

In a battle for first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls defeated Atlanta United FC 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Area. With the win, New York pulls within a point of Atlanta for first place and the Supporter’s Shield. Both teams have three games remaining in the season.

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Parker, a native of Hicksville in his first season with New York, provided a much-needed insurance goal when in the 74th minute he connected with an Alex Muyl cross into the box and tapped it in for his first goal of the season.

Wright-Phillips, who is third in the league with 19 goals, missed the match because of a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

While his absence dominated the headlines heading into the match against high-flying Atlanta, which leads MLS in goals scored with 65, it was New York’s defense that garnered the spot. The Red Bulls allowed nine shots, two of which were on target, in holding Atlanta scoreless for only the third time this season and for the first time since May 9.

Late in the first half New York took the lead after Muyl was taken down in the box by Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan. Daniel Royer would connect from the spot to give the home side the lead.

In goal, Luis Robles made two save for his franchise-best 12th clean sheet and is tied with Sporting KC’s Tim Melia for the league lead. The victory was also career win 98 for Robles and his 61st career clean sheet.

Below: Tim Parker’s post-game interview.