A hard fought game in Seattle ended in a 0 – 0 draw. While the result is one to be proud of, traveling to last years champions and earning a point, it was not won in glamorous fashion. For the first time this season Atlanta looked out played and out possessed for most of the match. The first half showed initial promise, with the majority of possession going to the visitors. The second half, on the other hand, left much to be desired from the point of Atlanta.
Julian Gressel, while being issued a yellow in the first half for a high tackle, showed the most energy on and off the ball. The young, first year draft pick out of Providence, showed up with a high work rate and tenacious style that dictated the center of the pitch. His aggressive style sets the tone in the middle of the park. The back four, Garza, Mears, Parkhurst, and Gonzalez Pirez, proved to be the difference in the match.
Atlanta played in a new 4-3-3 setup, and their inexperience and discomfort for the formation showed. The lack of width, in an already wider pitch, gave Seattle far too much space to possess the ball and dictate the run of play. Compensating for the loss of Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba lead the attack from the front. While there were spurts of brilliance, the overall consensus must be felt that missing Martinez is a critical blow to Atlanta’s attack.
All in all, the result is one to be proud of, however, the manner in which the result was achieved is far from ideal. Atlanta look forward to Toronto next week in game two of the extended road trip.
Three games in and Atlanta United look a formidable outfit. Following the home defeat in game one to NY Red Bulls (1-2), Atlanta bounced back with a 6-1 victory on the road at Minnesota. In what can only be described as a snow globe match, Atlanta looked the purely better side maintaining majority possession. Led by Josef Martinez, and the first hat trick in Atlanta United history, Atlanta looked almost comparable to a veteran squad.
Last Week Atlanta returned home to face Chicago Fire. It too was a cut and dry 4-0 victory for the hosts, making it the first home victory in club history. Some might argue that Atlanta was so dominant due to the sending off of Chicago Fire Midfielder, J. Kappelhof (#4), early in the first half, but, it was clear Atlanta had the momentum early on in this one and had no plans of letting off.
Josef Martinez netted two more in this match, including one that was named MLS, “Goal Of The Week.” Martinez and Garza were both named to the MLS, “Team Of The Week,” for the second consecutive week. Shortly after asserting his dominance in Minnesota and back in Atlanta, Martinez was converted from on loan to confirmed as a permanent transfer.
Atlanta united and Crossroads are partnering today (2/27/17) in a Give and Go drive from 7:00 am o 7:00pm, where they are taking donations of household items for the homeless population in Atlanta. To view more information on locations and what type of items are accepted, please click here to view the official ATL UTD flyer for the event! #MarchToMarch
At yesterdays inaugural game in Chattanooga TN, Atlanta United FC unveiled their all new secondary kit, and it is stunning. The simple all grey with a flat red accent shows that sometimes less is more. The team unveiled the kit during a halftime celebration with some lucky fans and sported the kit, for the first time, during the second half of the game.
Adidas did not disappoint as the lines for the kiosks following the final whistle quickly filled with fans hoping to get their hands on the new kit. The march to March 5th continues in some style for Atlanta United FC, and with a successful first game, hopes are high among the supporters.
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