ATLUTD vs FC Cincinnati
Atlanta United Disappoints in Home Opener
Atlanta scored early on a goal by 2018 league MVP Josef Martinez, his first of the year. The goal was setup by a beautiful assist from Julian Gressel in the 5’.
From there, Atlanta controlled play by owning time of possession 66.4% to 33.6%. FC was content sitting back and clogging the lanes. However, FC converted a breakaway late in the match to knot the score. It was Roland Lamah’s first goal of the season on an assist from Kenny Saief.
It was a disappointing result for the reigning MLS champions against an expansion club. The United have gotten off to a slow start under new coach Frank de Boer.
Gressel continued his stellar play in the early part of the season. He earned both Man of the Match and the Golden Spike award.
Greg Garza, part of Atlanta’s championship team last year, made his first appearance for his new team FC Cincinnati in the 71’. He received a rousing welcome from the United faithful.
Announced attendance was 70,382. The next home match is Wednesday, March 13 against Monterrey as part of the CONCACAF Champions League. United’s next MLS match is a home affair on Sunday, March 17th against Philadelphia Union.