Atlanta United’s home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw vs F.C. Cincinnati.
In reality Sunday’s match really felt like a loss to the players and many disgruntled and frustrated United fans. Many expressed their opinions last night and today on social media, fan interviews and local Atlanta sports radio stations about how Head Coach Frank De Boer’s system and tactical approaches are not working at all ever since the season began with CONCACAF Champions League.
In the game recap, United were off and running early as Golden Boot and Reigning MVP Josef Martinez opened up the scoring in the 5th minute, with ease he powered the ball past the goalie and into the back of the net. From there it seemed like Atlanta United just flipped the off switch on for the rest of the game. United dominated the possession with over 66% for the whole game, but chances and goal scoring opportunities were very lackluster. Although there were some close calls in moments of the game for possibly scoring up to more than three goals if United were able to execute correctly.
Unfortunately all of these missed chances would come back to haunt United at the end of the game as Roland Lamah scored the equalizer in the 86th minute for F.C. Cincinnati.
It’s now a crucial time to start thinking about the mountain United have to try to climb and overcome on Wednesday night down 3-0 on aggregate to Monterrey.
Moving on to CCL, United have an uphill task ahead of them this Wednesday as they take on Monterrey at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 8 P.M. The game will be televised live on Univision Deportes and will be available to live stream on the Yahoo Sports website and Yahoo Sports App.
Going into the second leg of the CCL quarterfinals Atlanta are down 3-0 on aggregate after they suffered a devastating defeat last week in Mexico. That’s one to forget as United’s performance was very poor on both sides of the ball, but now it’s time to move on, flip the page and look forward to Wednesday’s match.
Us fans would obviously expect a 100% full effort from the players in this elimination threatening game, but it will be interesting to see how this team reacts after dropping points at home which were very preventable and of course being given short recovery and preparation time the players will likely still be fatigued.
Now though, it’s no time for excuses and explanations, the talking will do itself on the pitch as we hope this team can keep learning from their mistakes and start to get better. That is if De Boer will allow them to be the attacking team they are designed to be and capable of scoring goals as we saw in our previous championship season. Hopefully this will be a wake up call because United needs it now. VAMOS UNITED!
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