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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 23, 2017) — Atlanta United lost to D.C. United 1-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. The loss snapped the club’s six-game unbeaten streak. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a season-high six saves.
“Very good first 30 minutes, but after the goal we were a team that had a lot of the ball but predictable,” Tata Martino said. “We were unable to generate chances on goal in proportion to the amount of time we had the ball.”
Atlanta out-possessed (65-35) and outshot (15-13) D.C. United but was unable to get on the scoreboard. Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Julian Gressel led the team with three attempted shots each.
After a scoreless first half, D.C. took the lead on an own goal from Michael Parkhurst in the 46th minute. Brad Guzan initially made a diving save on a 25-yard blast from Russell Canouse, but the rebound stayed in play, spinning furiously along the end line to allow D.C. to keep the play alive. On the ensuing cross, Canouse’s headed attempt ultimately ricocheted off Parkhurst and into the back of the net.
Atlanta’s best chance came in stoppage time as Brandon Vazquez sent a cross into the box for Martinez. The Venezuelan forward just narrowly missed the ball with his diving effort.
Atlanta (10-8-5, 35 points) returns to action Saturday to play Philadelphia Union (8-12-6, 30 points) at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports Southeast.
D.C. United 1, Atlanta United 0
Shots: 15-13 Atlanta
Shots on Target: 6-2 D.C.
Corner kicks: 8-4 Atlanta
Fouls committed: 15-13 Atlanta
Saves: 6-2 Atlanta
Clearances: 19-14 D.C.
Offside: 3-2 D.C.
Possession: 65-35 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 82-69 Atlanta
DC – Michael Parkhurst (own goal) 46’ [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Anton Walkes (yellow) 12’
DC – Luciano Acosta (yellow) 18’
DC – Deshorn Brown (yellow) 24’
DC – Marcelo Sarvas (yellow) 53’
ATL – Carlos Carmona (yellow) 78’
DC – Patrick Mullins (yellow) 90+2’
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan; Greg Garza, Leandro Gonázlez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst ©, Anton Walkes (Julian Gressel – 65’); Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona; Yamil Asad (Chris McCann – 81’), Miguel Almirón, Tito Villalba (Brandon Vazquez—68’); Josef Martinez.
Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish, Tyrone Mears, Kevin Kratz, Jacob Peterson.
D.C. UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Bill Hamid; Nick DeLeon, Kofi Opare, Jalen Robinson, Chris Korb; Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Luciano Acosta, Jared Jeffrey (Marcelo Sarvas – HT), Lloyd Sam (Sean Franklin – 75’); Deshorn Brown (Patrick Mullins – 86’).
Substitutes not used: Steve Clark, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Ian Harkes, Zoltan Stieber.
Ted Unkel (referee), Joe Fletcher (assistant), C.J. Morgante (assistant), Rubiel Vazquez (fourth), Ismail Elfath (VAR).
- Jeff Larentowicz made his 328th career MLS start, which currently ranks No. 9 all-time in league history among field players.
- Larentowicz also made his 346th all-time appearance, which currently ranks No. 11 all-time in league history among field players.
- Carlos Carmona picked up his eighth yellow card of the season and has been suspended for Atlanta’s next match against Philadelphia.
- Atlanta was shutout for only the second time this season.