Atlanta United played at New York Red Bulls in an MLS game on Sunday in Harrison, N.J. (Atlanta United)
Photo: Dan Szpakowski
Photo: Dan Szpakowski

Player ratings: Red Bulls 1, Atlanta United 0

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 6: Cleaned up a poor backpass in the first minute from Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. ... Only needed to make one save because Red Bulls had just two shots on goal. ... Those who thought he should have claimed the cross before the goal, or gotten to the shot, neither were possible. It was a great goal.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 4: Communication issued between he and Miles Robinson led to Tom Barlow being unmarked at the back post on the winning goal. ... Didn’t create any chances going forward. 

Centerback Miles Robinson, 4: He lost Tom Barlow at the back post for Red Bulls’ opening goal. ... His only mistake in the game, but it was costly. ... Led team with three tackles.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 5: Poor start with a backpass in the first minute that forced Guzan to come out of the penalty box to get to avoid a one-on-one. ... Cleared a good cross in 17th minute.  

Left fullback Michael Parkhurst, 6: Back in the starting lineup, he put shot on goal and good cross in first 11 minutes. He has two shots on goal this season, which is a career-high for the 35-year-old. 

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 5:  Really not a lot do for the midfielder. ... He took two shots, nether on goal and finished with two tackles.

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 5: Possibly could have tried to get into the penalty box more by taking on his man one-on-one, as he has done twice before this season for goals, but Red Bulls were sitting so deep it may have been impossible.

Wide midfielder Julian Gressel, 4: One chance created, no shots as he seems to be in an offensive slump.

Wide midfielder Hector Villalba, 4: Four shots, none on target, two chances created but couldn’t beat Kemar Lawrence in the final minutes when he switched from left to right. ... Seemed tired at the end of the game. ... Got into with Lawrence after the game.

Attacking midfielder Pity Martinez, 4: Two early turnovers led to Red Bulls’ counterattacks. ... Continued to lose the ball throughout the game, frequently looking for fouls that weren’t there. ... After a good performance two games, has regressed a bit. ... Maybe worn out. ... Still, took three shots, one on goal, and created a team-high three chances.

Striker Josef Martinez, 4: Worked back well to get involved in offense early. ... Should have done better in the 29th minute when he was in on goal only to have the ball taken off his foot as he tried to create a better shooting angle. ... Earned a foul and red card of Tim Parker in the 35th minute 19 yards from goal. ... Finished with just one shot and two chances created.

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Brek Shea (on for Parkhurst, 54), 5: Put in a good cross in his first minute. 

Dion Pereira (on for Gressel, 64), 6: Atlanta United’s most dangerous player in final 25 minutes.

Romario Williams (on for Gonzalez Pirez, 80), NR: 

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