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Atlanta United Lose Home Opener to NY Red Bulls

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 05: The Atlanta United fans cheer during the game against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Atlanta United Lose Home Opener to NY Red Bulls

After what seemed to have almost been a great start to the season for Atlanta United in their 1-2 loss to the NY Red Bulls on Sunday night, there was plenty of positives to take away from the match as both clubs move forward.

It was Yamil Asad, the Argentine loanee from Velez Sarsfield scored Atlanta United’s first MLS goal in the 25th minute. Defender Tyrone Mears delivered a perfect cross into the box, and was comfortably put into the back of net after having been left unmarked by Red Bulls defenders.

 

However, the NY Red Bulls struck back in the second half, starting in minute 76 when a corner kick was precisely executed. It was Daniel Royer who headed in the goal, and initiated the comeback with just over 14 minutes remaining. In the 81st minute, Atlanta defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was substituted off due to a minor injury, but looked to be okay when he was capable of walking off the field after being replaced by veteran defender, Jeff Larentowicz.

Shortly after the substitution, in the 82nd minute, an own goal was scored by Atlanta defender Anton Walkes after a cross was delivered into the box that was intended for Bradley Wright-Phillips. Consequently, it resulted in a 1-2 defeat at home, and gave the NY Red Bulls three points in the MLS’ opening weekend.

Throughout the match, Atlanta played with energy and passion in front of a sell out crowd of 55,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but quite frankly failed to capitalize on most of their opportunities. The speed of play was there, the passing and movement was superb, but inexperience definitely played a factor in this game for Atlanta.

It should not be a concern for a talented team like this being lead by manager Gerardo Martino, because time and experience usually changes these kinds of outcomes. However, no discredit to the NY Red Bulls, because they kept composed and executed like an experienced team would in important moments.

 

Overall, it was an exciting, and thrilling match between the two clubs, and both will in fact be tough contenders throughout the season.

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