Atlanta United midfielder Marcelino Moreno (10) shoots on goal against goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel (13) during the second half. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
ATLANTA – There are two ways to look at the Red Bulls’ scoreless draw with Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday.
If you are an optimist, you can be pro oud of the fact New York secured its first away point of the MLS season and that visitors extended its regular season unbeaten streak against Atlanta to nine matches.
If you are a pessimist, you can be frustrated by the fact the Red Bulls still haven’t won on the road. They are 0-4-1 away from Red Bull Arena, where they are 4-1-0.
The Red Bulls (13 points) moved to 4-5-1, Atlanta (12) is now 2-2-6. The six draws are tied for the league high.
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) June 27, 2021
New York is 6-0-3 lifetime against Atlanta during the regular season.
“It gives us a lot of confidence,” Red Bulls captain and midfielder Sean Davis said. “I think it says a lot about our group that in one of the toughest environments. We’re able to rise up to the occasion and put in strong performances. I think today was no different. It was a battle back and forth. We faced a lot of adversity.
“What I am most proud of is how many different guys stepped up and how every guy starting or off the bench was able to just empty the tank and give everything for the group. Once again, coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, putting in a strong performance, something we can be proud of and obviously, there are things we can improve, but I think it gives us a lot of confidence that we can go into one of the tougher environments and pick up points.”
The Red Bulls’ performance was a marked contrast to their 3-2 defeat at the New England Revolution Wednesday, when they dug themselves a three-goal hole.
“Gerhard [Struber, head coach] pressed all the right buttons,” Davis said. “Onee of the biggest lessons was how important that intensity and energy is. We know that as a group, but to see it and talk about it, and take a hard look at it, I think that is really good for us. You saw that fight in us today. Again, it was not easy.
“The coaching staff did a good job on highlighting that and the players executed, so I think we are close, we took a step in the right direction, and we need to continue to be better and better on the road.”
The hosts almost broke those streaks with several close scoring opportunities.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel first dove to his right and parry away Brooks Lennon’s attempt in the 78th minute. Marcelino Moreno followed with a shot during a scramble in front of goal in the 83rd minute as Coronel made the save. Miles Robinson had the best chance as his downward header off Lennon’s corner kick bounded off the post.
The scoreless draw was the Coronel’s fourth clean sheet of the season and the Red Bulls’ first road shutout since Oct. 10, 2020, against Atlanta.