Atlanta United FC Started Fast But finished Slow In A Loss To D.C. United

Raphael Haynes
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Atlanta United FC fall at home 3-1 against D.C. United team who only scored five goals coming into the contest. Atlanta played as if they had two sets of teams as the first half didn’t mirror the second 

Atlanta United came out attacking, attempting four shots on goal within the first two minutes. A yellow card was giving to Sean Franklin of D.C. for a vicious tackle in the first two minutes of the game. It seemed as if that sparked momentum for United FC. 

In the eighth minute of the game, Yamil Asad was able to get inside by maneuvering his way with moves and converted a place kick to forward Kenwyme Jones for a header in the corner of the net for a goal (8:40).

Atlanta kept the pressure on D.C and missed on opportunities including a missed header by Jones in the 16th minute that went wide left.

D.C. didn’t get a shot on goal until the 17th minute. They got their first goal by Atlanta’s defender Michael Pankhurst trying to block a pass and scored an own goal.

That got D.C. confidence going as they channeled that energy and scored again on a breakaway goal by Luciano Acosta which left goal keeper Alex Kann (three saves in the game) in a helpless situation. 

The first half ended with Atlanta being down 2-1 although they had 11 attempted shots to D.C.’s five.

In the second half, the tides switch as D.C. United was more of the aggressor and Atlanta couldn’t get any offense going. D.C. scored in the 56th minute on a Acosta assisted goal by Sebastian Le Toux. 

Atlanta had opportunities but couldn’t take advantage due to sloppy play and sometimes being too unselfish. There were times where they had a two-on-one with a possible shot on goal but instead there was an attempted pass which soared over the head of the forward.

Although the crowd was involved in the game and energetic, the only chance they got to really cheer was when a fan ran onto the field and tried to flee from the security. The security running after him was losing ground but dove after the fan and just grabbed his ankles. The crowd went wild.

Unfortunately, that was the only time where the fans got excited in the second half. The sloppy play continued till the end of the game. Atlanta was given one yellow card (Asad,) and D.C. two yellow cards (Franklin and Jared Jeffery). 



Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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