The first half definitely happened.
Both teams missed a couple of decent chances and that’s really all there is to say about that.
The second half was considerably more exciting.
In the 53rd minute Miguel Almiron made a stellar run and slipped a pass through the Chicago back line to find Ezequiel Barco in on goal. Zeke didn’t disappoint.
A few moments after Barco’s first goal in the Five Stripes, Atlanta struck again. A Greg Garza through ball after a stunning team move found Darlington Nagbe in on goal. Nagbe – who made a phenomenal run to set up the goal -- unselfishly laid the ball off for Josef Martinez to bash the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
That lead wouldn’t last long though. In the 61st minute, the Atlanta backline left Kevin Ellis unmarked at the top of the box and Ellis banged home a stunning volley past Brad Guzan to make it 2-1.
Despite subbing on Alan Gordon, Chicago was unable to find the back of the net again and Atlanta held on for a 2-1 win. With the win the Five Stripes lead NYCFC – who lost 4-0 today in the Hudson River Derby – by two points with a game in hand in the Supporters Shield race. Atlanta has won seven of their last eight games, and has yet to lose since a 4-0 loss to Houston in the first game of the season. The Five Stripes are 3-0-1 on the road in 2018.
The win comes in the first game of a difficult three game stretch for Atlanta. The Five Stripes welcome Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City to the Benz this Wednesday before traveling to face a streaking Orlando City. It won’t matter though because we’re pretty much unbeatable at this point.