(Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (left) with the Atlantic Cup trophy after their win over DC United on Sunday – @NewYorkRedBulls)
The Red Bulls used two late goals secure its fifth Atlantic Cup title over D.C. United, 2-1 in Sunday’s regular season finale at RFK Stadium. It was the last game ever at the storied stadium as United will have a new facility next season.
The Red Bulls secured their fifth Atlantic Cup over D.C. United in the last eight seasons.
The win could not improve the Red Bulls’ playoff standing, as they were locked into sixth place in the eastern conference entering the day.
The Red Bulls finish the regular season with a record of 14-8-12 with 50 points.
As the sixth seed in the eastern conference playoffs, they will travel to third-seeded Chicago (55 points, 16-7-11) in the Knockout Round either this Wednesday, October 26 or Thursday, October 27.
This was the Red Bulls’ fifth road win of the season, and they have recorded 50 points in a season for the sixth-straight year, which is the longest active streak in MLS.
Following the Red Bulls’ win and FC Dallas’ loss, the Red Bulls’ 217 points from the start of 2014 are the most points accrued in the MLS regular-season.
With time winding down in the first half, in the 44th minute, D.C.’s Luciano Acosta found Paul Arriola in the 18-yard box, and he finished the play for his first of the season and gave to give United a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Red Bulls found itself in D.C.’s defensive third in the 68th minute when Muhamed Keita lofted a pass over United’s backline for Michael Amir Murillo, who redirected the pass to the near post for the equalizer. This was Murillo’s second career MLS goal.
Minutes later, Vincent Bezecourt set up Alex Muyl down the near sidelines with a backheel pass. Muyl took the pass in stride and swung a pass into the six-yard box for Gonzalo Veron, who tapped in the eventual game winner in the 75th minute.
Veron recorded his sixth goal of the season to put him third on the team in goals. The Argentine striker has scored a goal in four of the last six MLS matches.
Both Keita and Bezecourt tallied firsts of their MLS careers as each one recorded their first career MLS assists.
For the fourth time this season, the Red Bulls had five of its Homegrowns playing on the field at the same as Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr., Sean Davis, Connor Lade and Alex Muyl were all on the field in the second half.
New York is 25-16-10 all-time in the month of October. The Red Bulls have scored 88 goals and have allowed 67 goals in the 10th month of the year.