Atlanta United Goes Down in Stoppage

Atlanta United player reacts to losing

In the team’s first MLS match since June 1st, Atlanta United lost in a heartbreaker against Toronto FC at BMO Field Wednesday night. With the match tied at 2-goals each during the last couple of minutes, it looked like Atlanta (8-6-2, 26 points) would come away with one point on the road but at the 91st minute, referee Alan Kelly awarded Toronto a penalty kick after Richie Laryea was fouled in the box by Florentin Pogba.

Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo then successfully converted the penalty and it looked like all hope was lost for Atlanta but a handball by Nick DeLeon off a cross by Leandro Gonzalez Pirez gave the Five Stripes a chance to tie the match on the last play. Unfortunately, Pity Martinez penalty attempt sailed over the crossbar which brought the match to an end.

“It’s a pity that he (Martinez) missed the penalty. IT was a tough game for us but I still think we had opportunities to make 3 or 4 goals,” Atlanta United manager Frank De Boer said through a press release by the club. “If we score at the end and walk away with one point, I think we would be satisfied.”

At the beginning of the match, Tsubasa Endoh gave Toronto (6-7-4, 22 points) the lead 30 seconds after the initial whistle. But the lead didn’t last long when 17 minutes later, Martinez tied the match from the penalty spot after a handball from Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo. Five minutes later, Julian Gressel gave United the lead after a cross by teammate by Brandon Vazquez wasn’t cleared by Toronto’s defense and the ball fell in front of Gressel’s feet. 

In the 27th minute, the fourth goal of the match was scored when Pozuelo scored via a header and tied the match at two-goals each.

“…I’m more frustrated and disappointed in the way we played for ninety minutes because it certainly wasn’t good enough. We knew it was going to be a tough game. You come to toronto and you know they are going to be organized,” United goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “Always a good team performance and today was no different. When you gift them a goal a minute into the game you really got your work cut out. On top of that we weren’t good. Talk about spacing, talk about being in really close to guys. We didn’t do any of that.”

United will be back in action Saturday evening when the team will host the Montreal Impact at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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