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Original Free Kick: Atlanta United earns scoreless home draw against New York Red Bulls (6.27.21) — June 27, 2021

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United earns scoreless home draw against New York Red Bulls (6.27.21)

Detail shots of the King’s Kit during the 2020 Atlanta United Media Day Content Carwash at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, GA, on Friday January 17, 2020. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

Despite outshooting its opponent 13-8 and possessing the ball at a 61.9-percentage, Atlanta United was unable to break through with a goal in its 0-0 home draw against the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium June 27 in Major League Soccer play.
Atlanta (2-2-6, 12 points) stayed undefeated through five home matches in MLS play while New York (4-5-1, 13 points) earned its first away points in MLS this season.


“Both teams were physically strong,” United manager Gabriel Heinze said. “We changed our position on the field and found a little bit of what we wanted.”


Per the scoreline, it was a scoreless first half for both teams. Atlanta’s best scoring opportunity came in the the 44th minute when Ezequiel Barco’s crossing shot from the left side just outside of the penalty area was saved by New York Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Carlos Coronel.


“Because they played with a backline of three we put our wingers Barco and (Marceleno) Moreno to play in the mid-channels to combat that situation,” Heinze said.


New York’s best chance came on Wikelman Carmona’s shot saved by Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Atlanta’s Franco Ibarra suffered a leg injury to the hamstring in the first half and was replaced by Alan Franco in the 37th minute.
The move forced Atlanta to go to a primary three-man backline consisting of Miles Robinson, Santiago Sosa and Anton Walkes.
New York outshot Atlanta 4-3 in the first half. Atlanta led in possession percentage at 58.4 completed 65.8-perent of its passes.
New York looked to take the lead in the 68th minute when Kyle Duncan had a point-blank right-footed shot on goal but it was saved by a sprawling Guzan.
Brooks Lennon sought to put Atlanta on the board with his shot in the 78th minute but it was stopped by a diving save from Coronel.
Atlanta’s final push for a score resulted in a header attempt by Robinson on a Lennon cross that hit the post in the 89th minute.


“Its definitely frustrating to hit it off the post,” Robinson said. “There’s nothing you can do besides forget about it at this point. You have to build off it and continue going forward.”


Its Atlanta’s third shutout in MLS play this season.


“Keeping a clean sheet is always good,” Robinson said. “That’s something you can build off of. They had a few chances but Brad (Guzan) made some great saves. So did their keeper. Overall it was a competitive game. These guys are a high-pressing team so its never going to look pretty out there but that’s how the Red Bulls play. We competed out there.”

Atlanta now sits 10th in the Eastern Conference standings and scored only 11 goals in 10 league matches.

“I’m worried when we don’t score goals,” Heinze said. “I’m also concerned when they score goals against us. The only way they teach me to improve is work. I’m going to continue to do the same job.”

Its also the sixth tie of the season for Atlanta in 10 league matches.

“I don’t like ties,” Heinze said. “I like to build when I lose and when I win. I don’t think I can take the right path to build only when we win. I do the opposite and tell my players that it helps to build when losing. When I lose, I don’t change and when I win is when I need to change.”

Atlanta United returns to action on the road July 3 against the Chicago Fire.

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Justin Meram post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls — July 7, 2019

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Justin Meram post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls

Atlanta United player Justin Meram handles ball in contest against the Montreal Impact
Photo credit: Karl L. Moore/Atlanta United

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United player Justin Meram following the team’s 3-3 home tie against the New York Red Bulls on July 7. He scored a goal in the contest.

Topics included the team’s disappointment in conceding a late goal to lose the lead in extra time, Meram’s adjustment to Atlanta after the in-season trade from Orlando City and preparing to host Saint Louis FC in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup on July 10.

Atlanta United Justin Meram post-New York Red Bulls home presser (7.7.19)
Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls —

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan
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Atlanta United Brad Guzan post-New York Red Bulls home presser (7.7.19)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan following the team’s 3-3 home tie against the New York Red Bulls on July 7. Topics included the team’s disappointment in conceding a late goal in extra time to lose the lead and Atlanta’s continued defensive struggles.

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls —

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer post-New York Red Bulls presser (7.7.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny #mls

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer (middle) during match
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Atlanta United Frank de Boer post-New York Red Bulls home presser (7.7.19)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer following the team’s 3-3 home tie against the New York Red Bulls on July 7. Topics included the team’s disappointment in conceding a late late goal to lose the lead, the play of Pity Martinez and subsequent substitution out of the match, Jeff Larentowicz receiving a red card after the contest, Atlanta’s continued defensive struggles and the form of Florentin Pogba.

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer pre-New York Red Bulls presser (7.5.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny — July 5, 2019

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer pre-New York Red Bulls presser (7.5.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer
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The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer following his team’s practice on July 5. Topics included Atlanta rebounding from its 5-1 road loss to Chicago on July 3, the team’s defensive struggles in the contest, Atlanta’s acquisition of Emerson Hyndman, the team preparing to host the New York Red Bulls on July 7, the retirement of Dutch soccer legend Arjen Robben and the Netherlands facing the United States in the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Atlanta United Frank de Boer pre-New York Red Bulls home presser (7.5.19)
Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Michael Parkhurst pre-New York Red Bulls presser (7.5.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny —

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Michael Parkhurst pre-New York Red Bulls presser (7.5.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #rbny

Atlanta United player Michael Parkhurst (left) handles ball in contest against DC United
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Atlanta United Michael Parkhurst pre-New York Red Bulls home presser (7.5.19)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United defender and captain Michael Parkhurst following his team’s practice on July 5. Topics included Atlanta rebounding from its 5-1 road loss to Chicago on July 3, the team’s defensive struggles in the contest, the team preparing to host the New York Red Bulls on July 7, helping new teammate Emerson Hyndman acclimate to the team and watching the United States Men’s National Team prepare for its Gold Cup final against Mexico on July 7 with his two former club managers in Tata Martino and Gregg Berhalter facing each other.