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Atlanta United inches closer to Supporter’s Shield with win over Revolution

Atlanta United inches closer to Supporter’s Shield with win over Revolution

ATLANTA— You may have forgotten with the Braves in the playoffs, UGA football in mid-season along with the broken wing Falcons, that the state of Georgia’s best chance at a championship belongs to Atlanta United.

Fans apparently forgot as well because Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) hosted one of the smallest attended games all season on Saturday as Atlanta United rolled to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

It doesn’t help that Atlanta’s opponent sits eighth in the Eastern Conference with 35 points compared to United’s 63 points in first place.

The #5Stripes are in the heat of a battle with New York Red Bulls for the MLS Supporter’s shield and a shot at the coveted MLS Cup.

Now to The Game…

FIRST HALF

Two minutes into play Atlanta quickly reminded those watching at MBS and at home on Univision/Twitter why they are the best offense in the league. George Bello placed a cross perfectly from left to right at the feet of Josef Martinez who sunk the goal with ease. However, Martinez was called offside and the goal was waived off.

Bello followed up the wasted assist with a goal of his own just 14 minutes later when Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez set up the 16-year old perfectly to fire on keeper Brad Knighton. Bello becomes the sixth youngest player in MLS history to score a goal.

Atlanta held New England to zero shots on goal, maintaining possession for the bulk of the half.

Now the first half did serve as a scary scene for United who caught somewhat of an injury bug. Miguel Almirón left midway through the half with a non-contact hamstring injury, while Martinez and Gonzalez-Pirez both had to be attended to by trainers. After the match, Coach Tata Martino said Almirón is expected to miss the next two games at minimum.

 

SECOND HALF

Julian Gressel joined the action in the 52’ after Tito Villalba nutmegged a Revolution defender. Gressel handled the ball perfectly and sent a whizzing low gliding ball to the right of Knighton in the net.

United turned to a defensive strategy the remainder of the game essentially looking to kill clock.

Atlanta’s one miscue of the day came in stoppage time following a full 90 minutes as they allowed a garbage time goal by Juan Agudelo.

 

NEXT GAME

Atlanta now gets a week off for international play before coming back home against Chicago Fire on October 21st.

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