Atlanta United Win Preseason Friendly: Atlanta United 3 – 1 Nashville SC Recap

Atlanta United defeated Nashville SC 3-1 in a preseason friendly in Nashville today! The goals were scored by Josef Martinez, Brandon Vazquez, and Romario Williams.


Atlanta and Nashville both started slow as the rain played a prominent part in the game. Early, Nashville was pressing Atlanta well and hindered Atlanta’s possession and passing but also didn’t allow Atlanta to get in a rhythm. Neither team looked great early and a lot of it had to do with the weather and fouls. The field was essentially a puddle the whole game which led to a lot of poor distribution, especially out of the back from Guzan. LGP also had some poor tackles in the early stages and was pretty reckless but he also made some clutch tackles. Nashville’s first team shut out Atlanta in the first half but in the second half, Atlanta turned it on. In the 58th minute, a ball was played towards the 18 yard box (for the Nashville goalkeeper by a Nashville defender) but died outside the box and was laid on a silver platter for Josef Martinez who tucked it in the corner.


He also had a sweet celebration with that classic Josef stare!

The second goal came in the 74th minute when Nagbe ran half the pitch and got to the edge of the 18 yard box and played a wonderful ball in to Brandon Vazquez who scored his first goal of the year!

The final goal was assisted by Brandon Vazquez as he muscled a player off and whipped a cross in for the debutant Romario Williams to score the final goal!

ATL NSC 2nd half (17 of 19)



  • Nagbe isn’t scared to shoot from outside the box. We should all look forward to his goals this year!
  • Barco and Almiron had great chemistry as they both found each other plenty of times
  • Barco and Nagbe fit in very well as both had plenty of scoring chances and played great balls in
  • Zizzo decently fit in with the first team and had some chemistry issues with Nagbe and Larentowicz but his passes could’ve also been misplaced because of the water
  • Not many players in the second team impressed besides Brandon Vazquez as he was a strong presence on the wing
  • Hernandez had a nice debut as well

Players of the Game

Darlington Nagbe

Nagbe played an excellent game today. Although Nagbe got off to a slow start, he began to play well after about 20 minutes. He really settled in to that midfielder role and was a great defensive player. He also settled in late in to the first half with his passing and starting making some key passes in the attacking third that unfortunately weren’t finished. He also started shooting much more by the end and one of them came very close to being a great debut goal!

His passing got even better in the second half and he showed his extraordinary pitch vision.

Ezequiel Barco

The wonderboy started on the left and played about as well as anyone could’ve hoped. His speed is VERY MUCH REAL and he showcased it. He also showcased his amazing dribbling (above clip) and had some great key passes. One thing that wasn’t great was his tendency to over pursue on his man.


Jeff Larentowicz

Jeff started at an unconventional position for him (CB) but adjusted well and made a lot of key tackles.

Final Thoughts


The game was played on an awful surface and was definitely a weird game. It was everything you would expect from a preseason friendly as it showcased scrappy goals and sloppy play all around even from some of the best players in the league. This game showcased some of the off-season signings and was a decent indicator of how this team is going to play this year and my hopes of a championship weren’t deterred!


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