Red Bulls celebrate their third Supporters Shield crown in six years. (USA Today Images)
HARRISON, N.J. — The Red Bulls secured their third Supporters Shield in the past six seasons Sunday.
Now, can they secure their first MLS Cup to go along with that hardware?
New York won the Major League Soccer regular-season title Sunday. They recorded a 1-0 victory over Orlando City SC while Atlanta United, which entered the day in first place in the Eastern Conference, fell to host Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena, 4-1.
The Red Bulls (22-7-5, 71 points) will start the MLS Cup playoffs on the road next Sunday as will Atlanta (21-7-6, 69).
Match Recap: Red Bulls set MLS points record, win 3rd Supporters' Shield
Posted by New York Red Bulls on Sunday, October 28, 2018
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After missing a first-half penalty kick, Derrick Etienne made amends by tallying the lone goal of the match to lift the hosts into a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute. Etienne, off a pass by Panama international defender Michael Murillo ran into left side of the penalty area before depositing the ball into the back of the net.
Despite losing head coach Jesse Marsch to RB Salzburg (Germany) in June, the Red Bulls did not miss a beat with newly promoted assistant coach Chris Armas leading the way.
The big question is whether they can continue this momentum and reach, most and win MLS Cup come Dec. 8?