Atlanta Downs D.C. United 2-0
Pity Energizes Team
Guzan Records 10th Shutout
Atlanta, GA – July 21, 2019 – In a battle for second place in the Eastern Conference, it was Atlanta United who proved victorious on Sunday. Atlanta scored two late goals to earn a 2-0 win over D.C. United.
The match was dominated by Atlanta. Atlanta held a commanding 71% to 29% lead in time of possession. Atlanta also had 18 total shots to just seven for D.C.
The match was scoreless for the first 88 minutes. However, Pity Martinez was able to guide a leaping header into the goal for the game winner. Darlington Nagbe was responsible for the cross that lead to the goal. Both he and Julian Gressel were credited with an assist.
Pity came on as a substitute in the 65th minute. His play and energy provided a spark to the team. Pity would add a beautiful assist to Josef Martinez in stoppage time to seal the victory. It was Josef’s 16th goal of the season.
Earlier in the match during the 72nd minute, Josef earned a foul in the box. He skied the kick over the goal, missing only his second PK in MLS play.
The defense was solid all day, holding D.C. United to 67% passing accuracy. Brad Guzan earned his league leading 10th shutout of the year.
Atlanta next returns to action on Friday, July 26th as it travels to Los Angeles to play the first place LAFC.
Notes…D.C. United captain Wayne Rooney did not play Sunday, missing the match due to ailments…D.C. was playing its second match in four days…Josef Martinez had converted 13 of 14 penalty kicks prior to his miss…D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has not allowed a conversion on any of the three penalty kicks taken against him this season…Ezequiel Barco was active for the game for the first time since his injury, but he did not make an appearance…attendance was 44,405.