United played a great game against the Galaxy on Sunday. Atlanta dominated the game from start to finish. The only real chance that was for LA in the first half was stopped when Guzan charged to successfully cut down the angle in a 1v1 situation. Julian Gressel was a standout during the game. He whipped in quite a few beautiful crosses. Two of the goals scored by United came off own goals by David Romney in the 23rd minute, and by Giancarlo González in the 43rd minute.
United seem to come out with a purpose, and although Ibrahimovic was not playing for the Galaxy it was still a great performance by the squad. Josef Martinez put away a penalty in the 72nd minute after VAR proved a clear foul inside of the box. Martinez slotted it home sending the keeper the wrong way. That goal meant Martinez is now one of two players in the history of the MLS to score in 9 consecutive games. If you watch the EPL one could not think of Jamie Vardy and his fantastic string of goals for Leicester City. Martinez has one of the most exciting styles of penalty taking in world soccer. His lead up to every penalty has fans holding their breath. His unorthodox style seems to nearly always produce a goal.
Atlanta kept 55% of the possession and did not give away the ball as much as we have in past matches. 20 shots overall showed that chances were plentiful, especially from balls whipped into the box. CB Miles Robertson had a great game defending, keeping the middle of the field safe from too many chances. The game was certainly played in the style of Frank de Boer. Atlanta had 538 completed passes during the game, showing the system can work and taking some of the pressure off of his decisions.
Overall Atlanta had a rating of about 7.5/10. It was a great win against a great opponent. As the playoffs draw near, it’s good to see the team starting to hit its stride. Atlanta’s next game is tomorrow against Orlando City for the U.S Open Cup Semi-final. This win should be a confidence booster to help propel Atlanta to the final of the Cup.