MLS Review: Red Bulls spoil Atlanta’s debut, Orlando sinks NYCFC

Mar 6, 2017 05:24:52

Gerardo Martino's Atlanta United made its MLS debut on Sunday, but the contest ended 2-1 in favor of the New York Red Bulls.

The New York Red Bulls did not follow the script as they upstaged MLS expansion franchise Atlanta United 2-1, while Orlando City celebrated a win in its new stadium.

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Atlanta made its debut Sunday following Minnesota United's bow Friday as the league expands from 20 to 22 teams this season.

But the Red Bulls spoiled the party thanks to late goals in front of 55,297 fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Led by former Argentina and Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, Atlanta dominated proceedings and threatened to overrun the Red Bulls, with its pace and penetration resulting in the 25th-minute opener.

BOOM. @YamilAsad11 slots home the first goal in @ATLUTD history. #ATLvNY https://t.co/z1kW1QrsN6

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 6, 2017

A cross from Tyrone Mears found its way to Yamil Asad at the back post and the Argentine midfielder — on loan from Velez Sarsfield — made no mistake from inside the 6-yard box to celebrate Atlanta's first MLS goal.

Atlanta's lead should have been more, and the Red Bulls capitalized in the second half thanks to Daniel Royer in the 76th minute. Tottenham loanee Anton Walkes then turned the ball into his own net six minutes later as the visitors from New York silenced the hosts.

Pretty stuff from the @NewYorkRedBulls to take the lead 2-1. #ATLvNY https://t.co/YEMtpuQgF2

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 6, 2017

It was also a landmark night as Orlando opened its new stadium with a 1-0 win over New York City FC.

Cyle Larin ensured Orlando's stadium opener resulted in maximum points, despite an injury to captain Kaka in the first half.

History.@CyleLarin grabs the first goal in @OrlandoCitySC's new home. #ORLvNYC https://t.co/3Tc54AXvmp

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 5, 2017

Kaka was forced from the field with a hamstring strain in the 11th minute, but Larin's close-range header four minutes later downed David Villa and Andrea Pirlo in front of a capacity crowd.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union played out a scoreless draw at BC Place to cap the evening's action.

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