It was a miserable and rainy tonight to forget for Atlanta United as the 5-Stripes suffered a loss to the Columbus Crew 2-0.
Overall United could just never find a sustainable rhythm to the game, let’s be honest though, the field at Mapfre Stadium was just absolutely soaked with heavy amounts of water as the rain came down all night, the field conditions just kept getting a whole lot worse as the game went on. Both teams really struggled throughout the game developing and creating chances, primarily in the second half were conditions were almost if not already close to being unplayable. Plus, to go along with all the messy weather conditions a weather delay which lasted about less than an hour did not benefit much to United’s gameplan. It seemed like the players later at the end of the game just wanted this game to end and get off the field as the torrential rains kept coming down, it was a drenched and unsettling night.
United are still winless after 4 games in MLS with 2 draws and 2 losses. Head Coach Frank DeBoer has still not won a league game since October 26, 2016 with Premier League club Crystal Palace making United fans now very impatient with FDB and wondering if he was the right choice to be HC after all. Right now it’s not looking bright for his future with the club in his short time here in Atlanta.
To start off the match, it only took the Crew 2 minutes to find the back of the net as a low driven cross was delivered into the box as it went passed goalie Brad Guzan and the defense which then arrived to the feet of unmarked Pedro Santos who tapped it home giving Columbus the very early lead and United now playing catch up for the rest of the match.
Later in the first half United’s best chance arrived to equalize the game as Mikey Ambrose delivered a cross into the box in which Julian Gressel rose up in the air, heading the ball towards goal, but was saved by Columbus GK Zach Steffen.
After that opportunity the weather delay ensued forcing the teams to exit the field and head back to the locker rooms as a lightning strike was detected within a 10 mile radius causing the referee to suspend action and temporarily halt the game until about 9:00 in the evening when the remaining 15 minutes of the first half resumed. After the delay, United created another chance to equalize as an effort by Ezequiel Barco inside the post was barely saved off the fingertips of the goalkeeper keeping the score at 1-0 for the Crew.
Not long after the Columbus Crew were able to find their second goal of the night through Gyasi Zardes late in the second half, making the score line at halftime 2-0 for the home side. From there it was really a no show from both sides as the soaked night continued to have an effect on the field and hamper play throughout the second half, the Crew were desperately waiting for the final whistle to blow as United kept trying to bring a goal back but the chances never showed up when they were really needed. United fell to the Crew 2-0 on the road and the grueling struggles continue for the 5-Stripes as they still try to figure themselves out as the identity of this team is still very unclear heading into the rest of the season. It is still early in the MLS season and when United can find their first victory of the season I expect things to get rolling from there with this team. United will now be off this week, hopefully giving this team a chance again to get ready and prepared for their next match.
Atlanta United’s next match will be on Saturday April 13th vs. The New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The match will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports Southeast and available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO and ESPN+. VAMOS UNITED!
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