Atlanta United Shuts Out Another Opponent

Atlanta- The Atlanta United (13-8-7, 61 points) put up a barrage of goals as they shutout L.A. Galaxy (7-16-6, 36 points) 4-0.

The United are 4-0 in Mercedes Benz Stadium and have outscored their opponent 17-3 in four games there.

Atlanta came out very aggressive as they usually do at home. The United constantly had possessions in the Galaxy’s 18-yard box.

L.A. on the other hand couldn’t get any penetration deep. Every time they get any momentum going down the field, Atlanta would interrupt their flow and start their own momentum.

That momentum got them going early when Josef Martinez netted a goal past gaol keeper Jon Kempin in the 12th minute to take a 1-0 lead. It was Martinez 17th goal of the season.

The scoring didn’t stop for Atlanta as Yamil Asad scored twice within nearly four minutes apart (16th minute and the 20th minute).

The officials played a major factor in the contest as some skeptical calls were made throughout the game.

In the 39th minute, Jermaine Jones received a red card after a controversial play. Jones was tackled by the United defender and he kicked him in the back from the trip while falling,

Jones follow through caused him to kick the defender on the back. At first, he was given a yellow card, but after discussion by the officials, he was given the red card.

Literally three minutes after that, Atlanta took advantage off a Miguel Almiron goal in the 42nd minute. Almiron scored off a breakaway and lobbed it over Kempin’s head which Kempin got a piece of it and it trickled into the net.

In the second half, more drama was created by the referees when Brandon Vazquez was going after the ball and stuck his foot out and clipped Michael Ciani on the foot which caused Ciani to fall and roll over.

The official gave Vazquez a red card, then after a review, he upheld it. Vazquez and the rest of the 40,ooo plus fans was livid.

The United played at a much slower pace in the second half. Yet their defense was sound.

Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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