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

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

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

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 half-time.

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

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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 Gamarra.

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

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