Atlanta, GA – It’s good to be home. Atlanta United returned to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday and defeated the visiting LA Galaxy 3-0. The Galaxy suffered two own goals in the first half, and the United defense did the rest.
The first own goal came in the 23rd minute when Pity Gonzalez attempted a cross in the box. The Galaxy defender blocked it in to the back of the net. Then in the 43rd minute, a pass to the sliding Josef Martinez was again blocked into the net by a Galaxy player.
The score remained 2-0 until mid-way through the second period. A foul in the box led to a Josef Martinez penalty kick. He converted, making the final score 3-0.
The Atlanta United defense was excellent all day. The backline of Miles Robinson, Franco Escobar, Julian Gressel, and Florentin Pogba snuffed out most of the Galaxy attacks. United goalkeeper Brad Guzan had four saves on the day. It was his 11th shutout of the year, which leads all of MLS. The team is six shutouts shy of the MLS record.
The LA Galaxy were not at full strength. Three of its top players missed the game due to suspensions from yellow card accumulations. One of those, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is the team’s leading scorer and third highest goal scorer in all MLS.
The win propels Atlanta into a tie with Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern conference. Atlanta improved its home match record to 9-1-3.
Attendance was announced as 72,548, which breaks the MLS single game record set last year by United. Atlanta returns to action Tuesday night in US Open Cup play against Orlando. The next MLS match is home against New York City FC on Sunday.