The New York Red Bulls pulled off a late comeback to beat Atlanta United 2-1 at home on Thursday night.

Despite being heavy favorites with their superior standing in the Eastern Conference and having home advantage, the Red Bulls were largely outplayed for well over an hour. Gerhard Struber’s men failed to press effectively and allowed the Five Stripes to control possession.

After a number of warning shots from the likes of Luiz Araujo and Ronaldo Cisneros, Atlanta United took the lead in the 75th minute, with Josef Martinez firing home a rebound after Emerson Hyndman saw a point-blank effort blocked. Incredibly, that was the Five Stripes’ first-ever goal at Red Bull Arena.

But it would take just 14 minutes for a familiar pattern to unfold, with Atlanta United undoing all their good work to leave with nothing. First, Caleb Wiley lunged in on Brazilian playmaker Luquinhas to concede a penalty, which Lewis Morgan easily dispatched. Then, in the final minute of normal time, Alex De John cheaply lost the ball to Serge Ngoma, allowing the 16-year-old to run free into the box and find the winning goal.

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