For the second game in a row Atlanta United completely demolished their opponents. This time they got some help along the way as their adversaries came out with a completely deficient game plan and implemented it in the worst way possible. The New England Revolution came out and tried to play a physical style despite not being a physical type of team and ended up looking like a phony tough guy doing a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.
Atlanta United took advantage of every mistake that New England made. Aside from the weirdly ineffective and badly implemented physical style of play, the Revs came out in a 3-5-2 formation which included three defensive minded midfielders in Gershon Koffie, Xavier Kouassi, and Benjamin Angoua. Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Lee Nguyen was played further up field as a strike partner for Juan Agudelo and was a total non-factor in the match. Perhaps New England thought that they could clog up the midfield get lucky on a counter, but it fell apart in less than two minutes and after 16 minutes the game was effectively over due to the red card to Kouassi.
Even when the Revs where at full strength, the first goal came after barely over a minute when Josef Martinez just ran past the three man New England backline and scored the first goal. From there New England seemed to have panicked and, realizing they weren’t going to out play Atlanta, resorted to a defensive strategy called kick whoever has the ball.
Anyway, here’s what the box scored looked like...
So the game wasn’t flawless, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez picked up a yellow card and will be suspended for the game against Orlando City due to accumulation.
Atlanta will look to keep the goal party and shut out streak going against Orlando City on Saturday.