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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips controls the ball against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips controls the ball against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two late goals and the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Sunday.

Wright-Phillips put a sliding one-touch, off a cross from Kemar Lawrence, into the net from a step inside the 6-yard box in the 87th minute to give the Red Bulls (7-7-2) a 1-0 lead. It was New York's first road goal since Wright-Phillips scored in the 13th minute of a 4-1 loss at Houston on April 1, snapping a drought of more than 520 minutes. He added his eighth of the season in the second minute of stoppage time.

Philadelphia (4-7-4) played a man down after Derrick Jones was given a straight red card for a foul on Felipe Martins in the 53rd minute.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Felipe, Kemar Lawrence, Luis Robles, Philadelphia Union
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Apr 29, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) battles Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty (6) for a ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Apr 29, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) battles Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty (6) for a ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Kemar Lawrence scored his first goal of the season in the 71st minute and the New York Red Bulls defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night.

A long feed forward from Damien Perrinelle went off the foot of defender Luis Solignac to the streaking Lawrence, who beat keeper Jorge Bava low to the far corner as Solignac scrambled to recover.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis and midfielder Daniel Royer defend a shot from Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis and midfielder Daniel Royer defend a shot from Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

New York scored two second-half goals in a span of about 6 minutes and the Red Bulls rallied for a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Sunday night.

New York's comeback spoiled the inaugural Major League Soccer match for Atlanta United, the expansion team that had the support of a sellout crowd of 55,000.

Yamil Asad scored the first goal in Atlanta United history late in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

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A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)
A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Red Bulls announced the list of players they are protecting in advance of the MLS Expansion Draft. 

The 11 players are Luis RoblesRyan MearaKemar LawrenceDax McCartySacha KljestanFelipeMike GrellaDaniel RoyerGonzalo VeronAurelien Collin and Bradley Wright-Phillips. The club's six Homegrown players are automatically protected.

New MLS sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United will each select five players on Tuesday, December 13th. Only one player can be selected from each team.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Dax McCarty, Felipe, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Luis Robles, Mike Grella, Ryan Meara, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

The Red Bulls were beaten in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs before they stepped on the field.

There is no way the front office could have known, neither could have Jesse Marsch. The players certainly didn't know, but that doesn't make it any less true. The Montreal Impact knew how they were going to beat the Red Bulls, and they were built this season to execute it. 

"We knew they're a weak team in the playoffs," Ignacio Piatti, a striker for the Impact told reporters after the match. "They showed that last year, this year."

The New York Red Bulls are built on a pressing system. It is controlled chaos that works to exploit teams by catching them off guard when they turn the ball over, especially close to the opponent's goal. The Red Bulls have employed this system for two years, presenting plenty of opportunities for teams to learn how to neutralize it.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Dax McCarty, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Lloyd Sam, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Two current New York Red Bulls players represented their national teams Tuesday night.

Sacha Kljestan started his third straight match for the United States national team. The U.S. conceded a late goal to tie New Zealand, 1-1. The friendly was the last tuneup before the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Despite his team's generally listless performance, Kljestan played well in his 50th national team appearance. He lined up at attacking midfielder and created several chances. Kljestan will almost certainly be included on the roster for November's matches against Mexico and Costa Rica, but it's unknown if he's done enough to earn a spot in Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup. According to Four Four Two and ESPN FC, he has, but the U.S. head coach remained noncommittal.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence has been called up to the Jamaica national team for the upcoming third round of Caribbean Cup qualifiers. The 20-man squad features seven MLS players.

Jamaica plays Suriname on October 5 and Guyana on October 11 in Group 1. Group winners qualify for the 2017 Caribbean Cup (June 22-25) and 2017 Gold Cup (July 9-30).

Brendan Joseph

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New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Jamaican national team head coach Winfried Schaefer named a 23-player roster for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

New York Red Bulls fullback Kemar Lawrence is included in the squad that will take on Panama (September 2) and Haiti (September 6).

Lawrence has made 29 appearances for Jamaica since debuting in 2013.

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New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) leaves the field after an injury against Columbus Crew during the second half at Mapfre Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana)
New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) leaves the field after an injury against Columbus Crew during the second half at Mapfre Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana)

The New York Red Bulls back line cannot stay healthy.

Just as Damien Perrinelle makes his return from a long-term injury layoff, Gideon Baah sustains a fractured tibia and is ruled out for the rest of the 2016 season. This leaves the Red Bulls with three healthy center backs on the roster, which is hardly enough to deal with the combined schedule of MLS and CONCACAF Champions League matches. 

Where will the club look for a replacement center back in its hour of need? Here are the options:

Tags: Chris Duvall, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Karl Ouimette, Kemar Lawrence, Brendan Joseph
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Chicago Fire forward Kennedy Igboananike (77) defends against New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) during first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)
Chicago Fire forward Kennedy Igboananike (77) defends against New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) during first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)

It was revealed Friday that Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence will miss the next four to six weeks after receiving hernia surgery. The Jamaican fullback sustained an injury during Copa America, but reports indicate that he was hurt prior to the tournament.

"Kemar got hernia surgery so he's out four to six weeks," Jesse Marsch said after Friday's training. "We just felt like with his abductor strain being a longer time table that it was time to go get everything repaired."

Marsch indicated that Lawrence's spot will be filled by Connor Lade and rookie Justin Bilyeu.

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence exited Jamaica's Copa America match against Venezuela with a groin tear. He sustained the injury in the 38th minute and was immediately replaced with substitute Wes Morgan.

Jamaica staff referred to the injury as a "slight groin tear" and said that Lawrence would be further evaluated. The seriousness of the injury and whether Lawrence will return for the rest of the tournament is currently unknown. 

Jamaica lost to Venezuela, 1-0. They face Mexico on Thursday, June 9th and Uruguay on Monday, June 13th.

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The New York Red Bulls' Kemar Lawrence recorded an assist on Jamaica's lone goal in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday. Jamaica and Costa Rica tied at 1.

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