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THE BRONX, N.Y. (Nov. 4, 2018) — Atlanta United defeated New York City FC 1-0 in Leg One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. Atlanta held NYCFC without a shot on target, the first time NYCFC failed to do so this season, while Eric Remedi scored his first goal with the club to lead Atlanta to the win. It was only the second time NYCFC lost at home this year. The return leg is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Official kickoff time and broadcast information will be announced later tonight.
“That’s the way you have to play every game, regular season or the playoffs, it doesn’t matter. That’s the attitude,” head coach Tata Martino said. “In the first half, I think we played some really good football. In the second half New York City had a little bit more of the possession.”
Firmly in control of play in the first half, Atlanta appeared to strike with the opening goal in the 24th minute from Miguel Almirón, but video review determined Almirón was offside on an initial pass. But less than 15 minutes later, Remedi tapped in the opening goal to give Atlanta the lead. Off a corner, Julian Gressel sent a ball into the box that Josef Martinez ripped on goal, forcing Sean Johnson to parry where an unmarked Remedi tapped the ball into an empty net at the far post.
Almirón was subbed off at halftime for Tito Villalba, who had one of Atlanta’s best scoring chances in the second half. Franco Escobar sent a long ball ahead for Josef Martinez in the 55th minute, which led to a two-on-one with Villalba to his side, but Villalba’s shot attempt was blocked by Maxime Chanot. Recently recovering from an injury, Villalba was subbed off in the 86th minute as a precaution.
Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 0
Bronx, New York
Shots: 11-8 Atlanta
Shots on Target: 4-0 Atlanta
Corner kicks: 9-7 NYCFC
Fouls committed: 21-18 Atlanta
Saves: 3-0 NYCFC
Clearances: 28-18 Atlanta
Possession: 57-43 NYCFC
Passing Accuracy: 77-61 NYCFC
ATL – Eric Remedi (Josef Martinez) 37’ [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Eric Remedi (yellow) 7’
NYC – Maxi Moralez (yellow) 10’
NYC – Alexander Ring (yellow) 41’
ATL – Tito Villalba (yellow) 48’
ATL – Josef Martinez (yellow) 79’
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan; Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst ©, Jeff Larentowicz; Greg Garza, Eric Remedi, Darlington Nagbe, Franco Escobar; Josef Martinez, Miguel Almirón (Tito Villalba – HT’, Ezequiel Barco – 85’), Julian Gressel.
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, George Bello, Miles Robinson, Kevin Kratz, Romario Williams,
NYCFC STARTING LINEUP
Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat (Jo Inge Berget – 63’), Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Anton Tinnerholm; Yangel Herrera, Alexander Ring; Ronald Matarrita, Maxi Moralez, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Jesus Medina – 77’); David Villa.
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Sebastien Ibeagha, Ebenezer Ofori, Valentine Castellanos,
Kevin Stott (referee), Cameron Blanchard (assistant), Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (assistant), Silviu Petrescu (fourth), Alex Chilowicz (VAR).