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Acuña, Freeman shine in NLDS Game 1 Loss

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The first 7 innings of the game were as intense as the last 2, both for different reasons. 

The offense was not alive at all, save Acuña and Freeman, who totaled 5 of the team’s 9 hits. The team went 1-11 with RISP, with Dansby Swanson providing the only hit, and that was a sharply hit ball initially ruled an error (a double error truly, that got re-ruled as a single and an error).
Besides that, the offense looked as dead as the horse people are dragging about “watching fly balls.” Keuchel shined, going 4 2/3 IP and only allowing 1 run with O’day finishing the 5th scoreless. Shane Greene was shaky but provided another scoreless inning of relief in the 6th, and Max Fried threw the best frame of any braves pitcher, striking out 2 of 3 batters faced (the first two strikeouts of any braves pitchers) completely overpowering the opposition.
Things got a little shaky after that. Fried questionably should have stayed in, but with his skates to start game 4, there was hesitation. He was taken out for Chris Martin who has been reliable since Joining the Braves in July at the trade deadline. However, as he was warming up, he felt pain in his side and was later diagnosed with an oblique injury.
Luke Jackson entered in his stead and was less than great in his 5 batters faced, allowing one run to score. Melancon then came in to finish out the inning to limit damage and got out, but not before allowing an additional run to score, charged to Jackson. Melancon had a shaky top of the next inning, allowing 4 more runs before the Braves offense (Acuña and Freeman) vied for an unlikely comeback, scoring 3 runs off 3 home runs, but ultimately fell short, losing 8-7.
A hard fought game by the team and lots to shine from many players, but a lot left on the field. If the Braves can hit better with RISP, they should have no problem winning Game 2 against Flaherty, the Cardinal’s ace pitcher.
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MLS Match Recaps: Back to Back victories for United come at a good time as difficult matches approach.

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Let’s flashback on Wednesday, July 17th when Atlanta United hosted the Houston Dynamo in a white out game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The match started off with a bang as Dynamo player Alberth Elis got sent off in the 6th minute for brushing off the referee after he frustratingly got called for a foul on LGP and kicked the ball out of bounds near the sideline ref prompting the referee to give Elis a yellow and when he took it too far and bumped into the official, he was done for the night. From there it was all United as the blowout would begin with Darlington Nagbe getting his first goal since arriving with the team last season in the 27th minute and then not even two minutes later Brandon Vazquez doubled the score off a header from a deflected cross into the open goal to make it 2-0. In the second half Josef Martinez would score off a floated cross into the box and beating the goalkeeper as his header made it 3-0. Josef would then double his tally in the 79th minute as he embarrassed the goalkeeper and one defender by dribbling around and making the two Dynamo players collide with each other, Josef smashed the 4th goal of the match into the roof of the net and made it 4-0 as the rout did not end there. The final and fifth goal would come in the 88th minute as Julian Gressel scored to end off the night on a high note and the final score being 5-0. Up next, D.C.

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The match vs. D.C. United was a very important test for United as to if Wednesday’s blowout win vs. Houston was for real or was just a fluke. The first half of the match finished scoreless as more of the anticipation and excitement would come in the second half. In the 71st minute United were awarded a penalty kick for a foul on Josef Martinez inside the penalty box. Unfortunately, Martinez did everything right except for the finish as he tricked the goalkeeper and went on the opposite side, but his shot went over the bar keeping the score at 0-0. In the 89th minute the substitute Pity Martinez would give United the lead off a header, making this his third goal of the season and what an important one it was and much needed, but the goal scoring would not end just yet. Josef Martinez wanted to redeem on his penalty miss and make it a distant memory as if it never happened, well he did just that in the 92nd minute during stoppage time as he doubled the score to make it 2-0 and seal off the game giving Atlanta a must win as the next stretch of difficult matches coming up against LAFC and LA Galaxy, just to name a few. This is a good bounce back for United after their past three games were filled with many errors and frustration of losing and not closing out the game, but this is just the beginning for a tough schedule coming up for the rest of July and the majority of August. VAMOS UNITED!

Atlanta United’s next match will be on Friday, July 26th as they take on league leaders LAFC in LA. Kickoff is at 10 P.M. and will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

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Atlanta look to bounce back at home vs. Montreal

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After suffering a stoppage time loss in Toronto with conceding a penalty and missing the tying penalty at the end, United are back home and look to make up for the loss as they take on another Canadian opponent in the Montreal Impact.

All-time when going head to head, United have won 3 out of the 4 times the teams have met, including winning 3 in a row vs. the Impact and they look to keep the streak going with a win at the Benz tonight. Obviously, home field advantage will play a big part in tonight’s match as United have only lost 1 home game this season and that was against F.C. Dallas when United were still trying to identify themselves and find a rhythm to there playing style, now with the 17’s behind the players backs for a full 90 minutes, it will be no easy task for the Impact to try and get out with a result in Atlanta.

Montreal sit at second place in the Eastern Conference Standings with 30 points while Atlanta sit at 5th place with 26 points heading into tonight’s match, but with Montreal playing three more games total then United this season, Atlanta have the chance to take over that spot with a win tonight and help from other sides beating the teams in front of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Standings like Montreal, D.C. and the Red Bulls.

Montreal are kind of a hot and cold team, they have some impressive victories but also some losses that make you scratch your head. For example they beat teams like Portland and Seattle back to back and go to Red Bull Arena and beat the Red Bulls which is extremely difficult to do for most MLS teams. Then there’s the loss to SKC earlier in the season by a result of 7-1 and a 0-3 home loss to Orlando on the first day of June, so this team is very unpredictable in what kind of performance they will put on matchday. All we want though and what we are focused on is getting another victory and keep the winning streak at home going. VAMOS UNITED!

Tonight’s match will be live on Fox Sports Southeast and ESPN+. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00.

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Stoppage Time Heartbreak for the 5-Stripes in Toronto

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Atlanta United traveled north of the border to take on Toronto F.C. in their first MLS match since June 1st in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire at the Benz, just before the Copa America and Gold Cup International tournament competitions began in Mid-June.

Josef Martinez is the only player on United’s squad who is still on International Duty as his country of Venezuela advanced into the Quarterfinals of the Copa America and are getting ready to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina tomorrow. So for that reason in the Starting XI for last night’s match, Brandon Vazquez gets his first MLS start up top at striker. Vazquez has scored a total of 4 goals in both matches he played previously in the U.S. Open Cup, a pair vs. Charleston and a pair up in Columbus.

Right-Back Franco Escobar was also unavailable for the match vs. Toronto so Michael Parkhurst would take his place to go along with LGP and Robinson at Center-Back and Brek Shea at Left-Back. Darlington Nagbe and Eric Remedi would play at Central Midfield and Julian Gressel at Center-Attacking Midfield with Pity Martinez and Dion Pereira at the wings and Vazquez up top.

Things could not have got off to a worst start off for United as Tsubasa Endoh got on the scoresheet in just under 30 seconds of the game kicking off and gave Toronto the very early lead. In the 17th minute, United would equalize off a penalty kick goal by Pity Martinez as the referee called for a handball played by a Toronto player in the box.

Five minutes later Julian Gressel would capitalize off a poorly cleared ball by a Toronto F.C. defender sent in by Vazquez and he immediately pounced on it and smashed it home, giving United the 2-1 lead midway through the first half. Not long though after, Toronto would return Atlanta the favor and equalize in the 27th minute off a goal by Alejandro Pozuelo as he headed the ball in the net off a cross from Jacob Shaffelburg making the result 2-2.

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The match would stay deadlocked at 2-2 until stoppage time in the second half as Toronto F.C. were awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute. Alejandro Pozuelo would convert that Penalty Kick in the 94th minute and gave his team the 3-2 lead and likely the victory, but not without a little drama. In the 95th minute Atlanta were awarded a penalty after the referee confirmed by looking and reviewing VAR that there was a handball by one of the Toronto players in the box. Pity Martinez stepped up to take the penalty kick, hoping to equalize and send United back home with a point in a thriller of a match… and then he skied his penalty kick effort over the bar and the referee blew his whistle to end the game in a chaotic ending and heartbreaking loss at BMO Field.

A penalty kick to forget for Pity Martinez as he really should have done better for a player like him with the experience he has. Atlanta will travel back home empty handed from Canada and will now get set to take on another Canadian opponent on Saturday, June 29 vs. the Montreal Impact at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as they look to get another victory at home. Kickoff for Saturday’s Match is set for 6:00 and will be live on FOX Sports Southeast and available to live stream on ESPN+. VAMOS UNITED!

By: @Julio_GOAT

 

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BREAKING: Nick Turner Commits to the Jackets

Coach Collins and his staff are at it again, as they yet another commit to the 2020 recruiting class. Nick Turner out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Current Yellow Jackets Tre Swilling and Bruce-Jordan Swilling both went to Brother Martin High School. Turner is 5’11 185 pounds. Turner’s size gives him the ability to play at corner and safety. At corner, Turner plays very good coverage and knows how to get the timing down to make that big play. At safety, he is a playmaker and knows what he needs to do at the second level of coverage. Turner will give the Jackets plenty of options to use him on the defensive side.

The staff at Brother Martin uses him at both corner and safety. When the opposing team is in the red zone, Turner is mainly used at corner to guard the team’s top receivers in this situation. Turner is the Jackets 15th commit and yet another great pick by Collins and his staff. Turner chose the Jackets over offers from both Penn State and Tennessee. According to Rivals, with Turner’s commitment the Jackets recruiting class is now ranked 11th in the country. For more updates on the 2020 recruiting class and all things Georgia Tech follow @wreckhavocatl on twitter.

 

By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599