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ATLUTD vs Montreal Impact

Atlanta United vs Montreal Impact

Atlanta United Vaults into First Place With a 4-1 Victory

Atlanta, GA – For 70 minutes, the Montreal defense bottled up the potent Atlanta United attack.  Atlanta then unleashed its potent attack, scoring four goals to close out the game and win the match 4-1.

Atlanta dominated the first half time of possession (77%) but found itself trailing early.  Montreal’s Saphir Taider scored on a header in the 13’.

Coach Martino subbed in Tito Villalba to start the second half.  That seemed to ignite the offense.  Almiron scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 70’ to tie the match 1-1.

Kevin Kratz then scored the game winner in the 78’ on a free kick.  He had just entered the match in the 74’.  He would later add a second goal on another free kick in overtime.  He was awarded Man of the Match for his two goals on two shots performance.

Almiron added a second goal in the 84’ on a beautiful assist by Josef Martinez.  With that goal, Almiron tied Martinez for the league lead in goals at six.  Almiron was awarded the Golden Spike Award for the match.

Except for the early slip up, United’s defense was once again stellar.  Atlanta won its second straight match, improving to 6-1-1.  With the win, Atlanta takes over first place in the Eastern Conference and leads the league in points.

Attendance for the game was 45,039.

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ATLUTD vs Montreal Impact Atlanta Latinos Magazine

ATLUTD vs Montreal Impact

Atlanta United Grind Out 2-0 Victory

ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 24, 2017) Atlanta United continued its home dominance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday by defeating Montreal Impact 2-0.  With the win, United moved in to third place in the Eastern Conference and a step closer to locking up a playoff spot.

The United attack scored a goal in each half.  Meanwhile, the defense held Montreal scoreless.  Guzan recorded another clean sheet, his fifth of the season.

Tito Villalba recorded the first goal in the first halftime with a right-footed laser shot past the Montreal goalie.  The assist was credited to Carlos Carmona.

The second and final goal was scored by Jeff Larentowicz in the 73’ on an assist from Julian Gressel.  The goal was Larentowicz’s first of the season.

Gressel had entered the game as a substitute for Miguel Almiron in the 17’.  The early substitution was believed to be related to a leg injury suffered by Almiron.

United looks to protect its home turf in its next match against Wednesday September 27th against Philadelphia Union.  United tied Philadelphia 2-2 back in August.

Attendance for the match was 43,502.

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ATLUTD vs LA Galaxy

Atlanta United Wins Again!
Topple Galaxy 4-0

ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 20, 2017) Atlanta United continued its winning ways with a dominating 4-0 win against LA Galaxy on Wednesday night.  United improved its record to 3-0-1 in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium.  During that span, United has outscored its opponents 17-3.

United jumped out to an early lead with a goal by Josef Martinez in the 13’.  It was his eighth goal in the past four games, and his 17th of the season.  Martinez was Alcatel MLS player of the week for his consecutive hat tricks.

From there, Yamil Asad took over.  He quickly added two goals of his own (15’ and 20’).  That goal, plus his assists on the other two goals, garnered him Man of the Match status.

Later in the half at 39’, LA Galaxy’s Jermaine Jones received a red card for violent conduct.  The Galaxy played the remainder of the goal at a man disadvantage.

Miguel Almiron closed out the scoring in the game with a goal in 43’.  It was Almiron’s ninth goal of the season.

United cruised in the second half.  The defense was once again stellar.  It was the third shutout in the past four games.  Goalkeeper Brad Guzan had his fourth clean sheet out of his nine appearances thus far.  He has a paltry .89 goals against.

Notes:  Both Almiron and Asad are in the top 10 in assists in all of MLS…United entered the contest in fifth place.  With the three points for the win, Atlanta moved in to fourth place…attendance was 42,723, which was another sellout for the club…United’s Brandon Vazquez received a red card in the 82’.