Late Wright-Phillips Goal Nets Red Bulls A Point In Atlanta

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New York Red Bulls forward Brian White (42) celebrates his goal. Photo: Jason Getz-USA Today Sports

The latest chapter in the budding rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC provided more fireworks Sunday.

Playing in front of more than 68,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, a stoppage-time goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips knotted the match at three and allowed the Red Bulls to leave Georgia with a precious point. New York remained unbeaten against Atlanta in the regular season, owning a 4-0-2 mark.

Coming off the bench in the 77th minute, Wright-Phillips proved to be key as he scored the equalizer two minutes into stoppage time. The goal was his second of the season and first since March 16. It was also his 108th career Major League Soccer goal, which moves him into a for seventh all-time with Jason Kreis.

Atlanta winger Justin Meram beat Kyle Duncan one-on-one and finished to the far post for an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

New York responded with the equalizer in the 37th minute as Alex Muyl forced a turnover, swung his pass across the top of the 18-yard box for Marc Rzatkowski. Rzatkowski swung his pass to the left for Daniel Royer, who curled his shot past Brad Guzan to the far post.

Early in the second half, New York created another turnover and saw a tic-tac-toe of passes until Brian White finished to the near post for the go-ahead goal in the 60thminute.

Atlanta’s Josef Martinez recorded a brace in a span of 12 minutes to give the home side a 3-2 lead in stoppage time.

Royer recorded a goal and assist on the day to raise his league totals to five goals and six assists. The Austrian winger scored his 40th career goal as a Red Bull across all competitions.

White scored his third goal in the last four matches and raised his team lead in goals to six on the season.

Alex Muyl had his first career two-assist match to raise his career league total to 18.

New York breaks up their back-to-back two-match road trips with the New York Derby against New York City FC on Sunday, July 14, at Red Bull Arena. Sunday’s NY Derby is slated to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST with coverage on FS1.