Today In The A: July 16th

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Atlanta United midfielder Chris McCann, left, is collared by Seattle Sounders defender Kim Kee-Hee during the first half of an MLS soccer game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves avoid sweep against Diamondbacks as they head into a much needed All-Star Break

Yesterday, we saw our Atlanta Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game where they desperately needed a win to get back on track. Atlanta got the bats going early with a 4 run 3rd inning led by a Dansby Swanson double that brought Johan Camargo around from 1st base to make it a 1-0 game.

Ozzie Albies then hit an infield single down the 3rd base line with an errored throw to 1st that brought him all the way around to third base while also scoring Dansby Swanson in the process to make it a 2-0 game. Freddie Freeman then did what he does best and hit a double into right field that gave the Braves another run. Nick Markakis went on to finish the inning by hitting a bloop single into center field that scored Freeman to cap off the 4 run 3rd inning.

Julio Teheran had a very solid outing as he pitched 6 whole innings and only allowed 4 hits and threw 6 strikeouts. The Braves went on to beat the Diamondbacks 5-1 as they look to get some much needed rest with this All-Star break and get back into form against the Nationals on July 20th.

Atlanta United breaks MLS attendance record (again) as they draw Seattle Sounders 1-1 in controversial matchup

This Sunday we saw Atlanta United break the all time MLS attendance record with a whopping 72,243 people in attendance. To put this into perspective, the World Cup in Russia had an average attendance of 47,371 people. Congratulations to everyone who attended the match and the city of Atlanta for showing the world what this city can offer to the beautiful game.

As for the actual match itself, it was filled with tons of controversy courtesy of VAR. Atlanta United had control of the whole match with 69% possession and double the shots on goal. Atlanta lived in Seattle’s final third the whole match as we saw Atlanta rack up 15 corners and cross the ball 36 times.

The first goal of the game was off a PK awarded to the Sounders after a handball was called in the box against Franco Escobar. What made this decision controversial was how at first nothing was called as it was originally a corner awarded to the Sounders. The Sounders then time wasted and delayed the game until the refs went to go look back at the play in which they ultimately awarded them the penalty kick. Atlanta United fans were very vocal and frustrated with this tactic and let their voices be heard with a barrage of boos. Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro stepped up and put the penalty away to make the game 1-0 going into the half.

Atlanta United came out of the half much stronger as Josef Martinez scored off an early cross from Julian Gressel in the 48′ minute to make the game 1-1. Seattle then received a red card in the 63′ minute after Jordan McCrary received his second yellow of the game. Atlanta kept on with the attack but nothing they tried seemed to work as the final whistle blew and fans walked away feeling like they had just lost.

The referee for this match, Baldomero Toledo, was heavily scrutinized for the way he called this match as he missed a potential PK for Atlanta United where Chris McCann was put into a headlock and dragged down by a Seattle defender in the box in where there was no call or no look back to VAR. It was a very frustrating match to watch if you were rooting for the five stripes but at least they were able to walk away with a point instead of no points. Atlanta United’s next match will be against D.C United on July 21st.

Atlanta Dream win their 4th straight as they take down the Washington Mystics

The Atlanta Dream defeated the Washington Mystics yesterday 80-77 as they keep their hot streak rolling. It was a great game all around for the Dream as scoring was spread throughout the team evenly but was led by Brittney Sykes with 17 points. Elena Delle Donne was the leading scorer in the entire game as she tallied 23 points for the Mystics.

The Dream improve their record to 12-9 as they sit half a game back on the Eastern Conference leading Mystics. Atlanta’s next game will be against the Connecticut Suns tomorrow who currently are a half game back from the Dream. Needless to say, this game will be very entertaining to watch as Atlanta looks to improve their winning streak to five games.

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Cody Vickrey | @vickflairdrip

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