During the delay while Lawrence was attended to, young Red Bulls star Tyler Adams left the game with swelling of
his knee. Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said Adams felt fine but the Red Bulls took him out as a precaution.
“It was just weird to have a little bit of swelling," Marsch said. "It could be the turf, it could be a lot of things. We’re hopeful that he’s totally fine.”
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the second half to break a 1-1 tie. His two goals tied him with Atlanta's Josef Martinez and Columbus forward Gyasi Zardes for the league lead with eight goals. Kaku assisted on both BWP goals to give nine in just 742 minutes, an average of 1.09 per 90 minutes.
Martinez would have had his ninth goal to give Atlanta United a 2-0 lead late in the first half but it was disallowed after Video Review. He also had a goal disallowed after Video Review in the 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on May 9.
Atlanta United coach Tata Martino was critical of VAR chief Mark Geiger, who had been the referee in the Sporting KC match and red carded keeper Brad Guzan, for making what he termed the "decisive" calls of the game -- overturning Martinez's goal and not overturning a penalty kick whistled by referee Chris Penso to the Red Bulls late in the first half for a foul by Miles Robinson on Wright-Phillips.
“I don’t want to take away credit from Red Bulls," he said, "so I don’t want to justify it with VAR, because Red Bulls is a very good team and the same thing for Kansas City, but the reality is that both games had the same protagonist, and when I say the same, I’m not talking about the referee. I’m talking about the same person. In one game, he refereed and in the other he reviewed."
Martino said the penalty call was wrong.
"Really, the play on the penalty they call, very few times have I seen that called even a foul, let alone a penalty," he said. "It’s very difficult to understand that someone could have seen a foul. However, they call a penalty. And it was to be, at minimum 1-0 at the half. And everything adds up. The penalty. The goal taken away from Josef."
The VAR calls evened out for Atlanta United, though Martino didn't necessarily see it that way. Jeff Larentowicz had his red card turned to a yellow card in the second half. Martino said Geiger was trying to minimize Penso's "mistake" and couldn't call a foul on the Red Bulls.
"What they’re doing is covering for each other," Martino said, "and it’s logical because they’re co-workers.”