ATLANTA — In Atlanta United’s first match at Mercedes-Benz since March 7, two goals by Pity Martinez gave the Five Stripes the victory over Nashville SC.
In the first goal, after receiving a pass from Eric Remedi, Martinez headed towards goal and in one move to his right foot, he dribbled past defender Walker Zimmerman and shot the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Joe Willis.
The goal by Pity was Atlanta’s first goal since March 7 and it was the team’s first goal in over 400 minutes.
In the second goal, Martinez one-timed the ball outside of the 18-yard box after receiving the pass from Mo Adams. Goalkeeper Willis was unable to do anything on the play, other than just watch the ball make its way towards the back of the net.
The three “big” surprises from today when the lineup was released included Ezequiel Barco not being in the 18 because of a knock he received in practice; Miles Robinson starting in the bench simply because he was not fit for 90 minutes and last, Jurgen Damm was left off the 18-man roster because he is behind in match fitness, according to a spokesperson of the club.
The first half saw both teams off to a slow start, as the teams looked to settle in and find their way around the pitch. After what it seemed to be a deadlock game, Martinez scored for the Five Stripes at the 40th minute.
During the second half, neither team was able to create any opportunities on the offensive side of the ball. Until the goal by Martinez towards the dying minutes of the match.
Up next, Atlanta will travel to south beach and will face Inter Miami CF Wednesday night. Kick-off is set for 8 p.m.