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MLS Review: Red Bulls top Atlanta in Shield showdown, Sporting KC held

5:05 AM GMT+4 01/10/2018
Daniel Royer - cropped
Goals from Daniel Royer and Tim Parker saw New York move within a point of the Five Stripes with three matches remaining.

The New York Red Bulls kept their MLS Supporters' Shield hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over leader Atlanta United, while Sporting Kansas City drew 1-1 against Real Salt Lake on Sunday.

Goals from Daniel Royer and Tim Parker saw the Red Bulls move within a point of Eastern Conference pacesetter Atlanta with three matches remaining in the race for the Shield.

The Red Bulls were without suspended leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips but the hosts were still too strong at home to Atlanta – Royer breaking the deadlock six minutes before halftime.

Atlanta's Chris McCann was penalized for handball inside the area and Royer converted emphatically at Red Bull Arena.

The result was sealed by Parker, who scored from close range in the 74th minute, while Brad Guzan prevented further damage by saving a late penalty from New York's Kaku.

Sporting KC missed the opportunity to move level on points with FC Dallas atop the Western Conference following their 1-1 draw at home to RSL.

Ike Opara's 52nd-minute equalizer could only salvage a point for Sporting KC, who are now two points adrift in the west.