Atlanta United Defeats Toronto FC 2-0

Earns Third Straight Shutout

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Atlanta, GaAtlanta United looked like the 2018 MLS Champions again.  After a rough start to the season, United has bounced back with its third straight win, defeating Toronto FC 2-0.

Tito Villalba scored the first goal of the match in the 17’.  After several corner kicks and one free kick, United struck pay dirt when Josef Martinez hit a cross that Villalba was able to guide in to goal.

The lead would grow to 2-0 in the 67’ of the second half.  Julian Gressel scorched a goal past the Toronto goal keeper for his second goal of the season.  Martinez was credited with his second assist of the night.

The 2-0 lead proved to be enough for the victory.  United looked aggressive offensively and played a fast paced game with many transition opportunities.  Although sloppy at times in the first half, the defense was solid later in the game to earn the shutout.

Toronto FC entered the game tied for second in all of MLS with 21 total goals.  But for the first time this year, it was shutout.  United’s goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, recorded his third straight clean sheet and fourth of the season.

United looks to maintain form on Sunday, May 12th when it hosts Orlando City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Notes…For the first time this year, Ezequiel Barco did not play in the match.  He was called up to the Argentine U-20 national team on Monday, after being named MLS Player of the Week last week…Toronto FC earned five yellow cards on the night…Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was named Man of the Match…the Golden Spike winner was Tito Villalba.

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