Barlow’s Goal Leads Shorthanded Red Bulls Past Atlanta

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Daniel Royer (77) hugs forward Tom Barlow after his goal as Sean Nealis (15) looks on. Credit: Noah K. Murray, USA Today Sports

For the second consecutive match, Massapequa native Sean Nealis played a pivotal role in helping the New York Red Bulls get a win.

With New York playing down a man following Tim Parker’s red card in the 35th minute, Nealis made a key run and was credited with an assist on Tom Barlow’s goal that gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 over Atlanta United FC Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

The rematch of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals was a meeting of two teams that started the 2019 season poorly but have rebounded recently. The win was the Red Bulls second straight and fourth in five games. In addition, New York snapped Atlanta’s scoreless streak of 521 minutes and five consecutive clean sheets.

Parker was shown a red card after referee Robert Sibiga ruled that the Hicksville native fouled Josef Martinez just outside the penalty box denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Barlow’s goal was the first of his Major League Soccer career and happened less than two weeks after he signed a contract with the Red Bulls.

Luis Robles made two saves for his 65th career clean sheet to move into sole possession of eighth all-time in MLS. The win was also the 105th of his career.

It’s a short week for the Red Bulls. They welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, May 22, at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is 8 p.m.