Atlanta United failed to score in their final tuneup before beginning Concacaf Champions League play, but Jeff Larentowicz's early dismissal in a 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday suggests the Five Stripes' intensity level is approaching its peak.
The 35-year-old MLS veteran, who will be playing his 15th league campaign, received his second caution shortly before halftime of the scoreless encounter.
Atlanta were allowed to play with 11 men after the break, however, with Anderson Asiedu coming on in Larentowicz's place.
Atlanta begin CCL play on Feb. 21 with Leg 1 of their round-of-16 clash against Herediano in Costa Rica (10 pm ET).
Atlanta United: Brad Guzan; Brek Shea, Leandro González Pirez, Miles Robinson, Michael Parkhurst, Julian Gressel, Jeff Larentowicz (Anderson Asiedu 46’), Eric Remedi, Ezequiel Barco, Gonzalo Martínez (Andrew Carleton 20’), Josef Martinez
LA Galaxy: David Bingham; Diedie Traore, Diego Polenta, Daniel Steres, Rolf Feltscher, Jonathan Dos Santos, Perry Kitchen, Roman Alessandrini, Emil Cuello, Uriel Antuna, Chris Pontius (Emmanuel Boatang 46’)