Atlanta United compiled a comprehensive performance Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against the LA Galaxy, emerging with a 3-0 win before 72,548 fans, an MLS single-game attendance record in the regular season.
The defending MLS Cup champions benefitted from a pair of own goals in the first half, with Pity Martinez generating the first in the 23rd minute. The Argentine midfielder crossed centrally from the right, and Galaxy center back David Romney redirected past goalkeeper David Bingham.
The second arose in the 43rd minute via LA’s other center back, Giancarlo Gonzalez. This time it was a Justin Meram cross from the left that attempted to find Josef Martinez, but instead made it 2-0 via a deflection from the Costa Rican.
With a commanding lead, Atlanta then put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute via a Josef Martinez penalty kick, marking his ninth consecutive game with a goal, tying his own MLS record. The spot kick arose after Video Review judged that Gonzalez fouled second-half substitute Emerson Hyndman on an attempted clearance.
LA, notably playing without Zlatan Ibrahimovic (yellow-card suspension), saw their best chances come from Favio Alvarez and Uriel Antuna, especially in the first half. But the final product lacked, with Atlanta’s 3-5-2 formation and transition game exploiting the Galaxy backline.
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- 23' – ATL – Dave Romney (OG) | WATCH
- 43' – ATL – Giancarlo Gonzalez (OG) | WATCH
- 72' – ATL – Josef Martinez (PK) | WATCH
MAN OF THE MATCH:
In a three-man backline, 22-year-old
was central for Atlanta – and he hardly put a foot wrong. He kept Uriel Antuna under wraps, marking another impressive match in the youngster’s career.
- ATL: Tuesday, August 6 at Orlando City (7:30 pm ET | ESPN+) | U.S. Open Cup semifinal
- LA: Sunday, August 11 at D.C. United (7:30 pm ET | FS1, TSN 1/4 )