There was no room for any New York Red Bulls in the official MLS Team of the Week lineup, but midfielder Felipe Martins did win a place on the bench.
⭐️ The stars from Week 1 ⭐️— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 6, 2017
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RBNY started its 2017 MLS campaign with a 2-1 win over Atlanta United. Felipe's key contributions to the result were his only shot of the game and luring Carlos Carmona into an act of petulance that saw the Atlanta player sent off.
Felipe's effort to score from distance provoked a goal-mouth scramble that won RBNY a corner from which Daniel Royer scored the equalizing goal. About 12 minutes later, with the Red Bulls having established a surprising 2-1 lead, the Red Bulls' midfielder indulged in some clock-milking antics after a foul. Atlanta's Carmona sought to encourage Felipe to get back to his feet with a gentle tap of his boot - and learned the hard way that MLS refs tend to take a no-tolerance view of off-the-ball contact, no matter how mild.
RBNY closed out the game against 10-man Atlanta to claim three points in MLS 2017 at the first time of asking.