If you wanted a match tjat was so good and so exciting from beginning to end that highlights Major League Soccer, this one would be the natch that should be talked about.
Back and forth you saw both sides attacking and showing you why this league has excitement with a senior side like the Red Bulls and a youthful exciting future of what Atlanta United can become.
But the Red Bulls showed some fantastic flair and dramatics to get towards goal and Brad Guzan has been a solid keeper being with Aston Villa of the Premier League as well as joining Atlanta United stopping all the chances coming at him.
But he had help in first half stoppage time as the far post decided to make a stop for him. When Sacha Kljestan decided to come out of nowhere and ripped a beautiful ball after a scramble from distance, he would beat Guzan, but sadly the post said no.
“Brad is a very good goalie also one of my oldest and best friends in soccer. I really wanted that long distance one to go in, but he told me he didn’t have a chance on it and it was always going away from him.” said Sacha Kljestan
“In fortunately the post got in the way and it was his best friend tonight. I guess it was hard for me to see but he made an unbelievable save on Bradley Wright-Phillips tonight. No joke Brad is a very good goalie, there is many reasons why he is on the National Team.”
That save in the 65th minute from Brad Guzan was the biggest one in his return to MLS when the Red Bulls took a quick restart after a foul was called on Jeff Larentowicz. As Kljestan got the ball down the far side, he made a solid cross to Wright-Phillips and when he tried to score.
Guzan was already down on the ground and somehow his left arm made the save to pop that ball in the air and land on the top of the net. Number 18 of the season was waiting to be bagged and sadly Guzan said no.
But as this match ended in a scoreless draw and the Red Bulls did take some momentum towards their final match down in our nation’s capital, Jesse Marsch was not to happy about the way that Atlanta United decided to use harsh tactics when they were broken down on defense.
“I thought we played great, thought we were the better team. Dominated on ever aspect of the game, a bit shaky in the start but once we cranked things up we took over the game.” said Marsch.er the game.
“The shame is that they just decided to kick us almost every time, referee doesn’t want to hand out yellows. So then there should’ve been a second yellow on (Yamil) Asad as he threw the ball away and Martino is screaming at his players to kick us.
But I want to say again that our guys played great and we had a solid job facing Atlanta and did a good job against them.”
So baring what happens in their final match of the regular season the Red Bulls are feeling confident in themselves and they will carry this confidence to finish the regular season as well as get into the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Who that team will be is still up in the air but if this match is a playoff preview for the Wild Card game, then sign me up as I would pay money to see these sides do battle against one another.