Atlanta United performed New York Metropolis FC to a 1-0 loss Wednesday evening at *checks notes Pink Bull Area, dwelling of the New York Pink Bulls. The draw strikes Atlanta’s file to 2-2-5 and retains the 5 Stripes in ninth place within the Jap Convention.
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored the only real purpose of the match within the 68th minute after Miles Robinson errantly gave the ball away because the 5 Stripes had been making an attempt to play out of the again.
Atlanta United was with out head coach Gabriel Heinze as a consequence of yellow card accumulation, which is an actual rule and an actual factor that occurred. Nonetheless, the top coach felt his absence on the sideline didn’t contribute to Wednesday evening’s end result.
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In fact, Atlanta can also be nonetheless with out talisman Josef Martinez, who’s at present with the Venezuelan nationwide workforce competing within the Copa America. In his place, 19-year-old Erik Lopez performed because the workforce’s #9. Atlanta additionally welcomed Jurgen Damm and Mo Adams again to the match day squad after their respective spells on the sidelines as a consequence of damage.
Atlanta may additionally think about itself fortunate that middle referee Ismail Elfath didn’t brandish his pink card on the expense of Erik Lopez, who as a substitute acquired a yellow card for a reasonably harmful foul on a NYCFC participant within the fifty fifth minute. There have been additionally shouts for a penalty kick in opposition to Atlanta after Robinson went to floor within the penalty space, however in the long run it didn’t actually matter after NYCFC received the 68th minute purpose and noticed out the win.
By way of probability creation, Atlanta United didn’t paint itself in glory. Beneath are the xG numbers from Wednesday’s recreation, courtesy of Main League Soccer dot com.
Thrice as many pictures and a special of 1.9 xG. Yikes.
Contemplating how dominant NYCFC had been within the opening phases (Atlanta solely amassed 4 touches in NYCFC’s defensive half within the opening 10 minutes), it’s considerably stunning Atlanta solely misplaced the sport by one purpose. Atlanta began to interrupt out and play, however nothing actually got here of it.
Brooks Lennon and Bello, two gamers which were credited as vivid spots in Heinze’s Atlanta United setup, had been the one two gamers to be credited with creating possibilities. Lennon completed with three and Bello completed with one. Whereas the pair performs because the Heinze’s fullbacks that come inside and do their factor everywhere in the discipline, it’s alarming that none of Atlanta’s out-and-out forwards gamers may contribute to the workforce in the identical method.
“We had a recreation plan going into it, and I feel that in all probability went out the window comparatively shortly,” Guzan mentioned. “In these moments, simply the understanding of what’s occurring on the sphere and having the ability to clear up some conditions, and we couldn’t clear up them.”
There have been a number of vivid moments, like within the twenty eighth minute when George Bello minimize inside, drew defenders in direction of him as he carried the ball and located Erik Lopez within the penalty space for a good probability to go forward within the first half. And… that’s all I can keep in mind, actually. That recreation was a drag.
“There’s not only one factor you’ll be able to put it right down to,” Walkes mentioned. “There have been occasions in the present day once I didn’t transfer it fast sufficient. There have been occasions when the choices weren’t there. There have been occasions when the timing was off, and its simply a kind of issues when it’s a must to work on it and it’s a must to get these relationships proper, which in the present day we did not present.”
Atlanta returns to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday to tackle the New York Pink Bulls. Regardless of the results of that match, it’s certain to be one other entertaining installment within the rivalry between the 2 golf equipment.