In a game between the third best team in each conference, Atlanta United fell shorter of their Western Conference counterpart than the scoreline indicated in a 2-1 loss.
The things that happened in the game that was played
The first half’s most exciting moments involved mistakes from Atlanta not being nearly as bad as they could have been.
Seattle nearly scored in the 29th minute when Cristian Roldan found space like...ten feet from the goal. Somehow —somehow hereby being a word meaning “due to the fact he shot the ball directly at the person attempting to keep him from scoring” — Brad Guzan kept the shot out.
GUUUUUZ— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 14, 2019
HUGE play from the wall @bguzan to keep it level! pic.twitter.com/nYvpmMn9dQ
Moments later, Seattle found even more space on the left. But somehow — a word hereby meaning “Miles f****** Robinson” —they failed to capitalize on a clear path to goal.
You're killing me smalls. pic.twitter.com/ecSuhtE5zQ— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 14, 2019
Oh yeah, there was also this:
good lord pic.twitter.com/IHEQvVudF2— Eagle-Eyed Social Media User Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) July 14, 2019
Despite a large difference in xG that I’d rather not talk about, the half ended tied at 0-0.
The second half started as an end to end game. The only real question was which team would capitalize on their chances first Seattle, it was definitely Seattle.
Ruidiaz’s gorgeous goal put Seattle up one and seemed to confirm that the Sounders were well on their way to a deserved win. But then someone said Ruidiaz was better than Josef. That made Josef mad.
Put it in the air.— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 14, 2019
Let the feast.
LETHAL header from @JosefMartinez17! pic.twitter.com/QChkqb8LH4
But not even the King could save Atlanta United from somehow — a word which hereby means “clearly and obviously being outmatched for pretty much the entire game” — conceding shortly thereafter.
Harry Shipp you beautiful man. 2-1 Sounders pic.twitter.com/TMKCCDgqaH— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 14, 2019
A Recap Thought: This team is mediocre.
I dunno what else to add. That’s all I got. With 13 games left, It’s slowly getting to the point in the year where it’s going to be too late for this team to reach its full potential. Anything can happen, but it’s looking less and less likely by the day. This is 2019. Accept it. Wallow in it. Live it.
Oh, also, Atlanta has three wins and seven losses on the road. All things equal, if they play themselves out of hosting a home playoff game, expect a very, very early exit. Go team.
DSS Man of the Match
Josef. He scored. That was good.
Larentowicz Man of the Match (Your unsung hero(es))
Uhh....also Josef? Let’s just give it to Josef.
Tweet of the Night
.@ATLUTD make sure Nico Lodeiro doesn't beat us this half, he looks like this, thanks pic.twitter.com/FzA5MxAIaR— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) July 14, 2019
We gave it to us. What are you gonna do it about? Nothing. That’s right.
Wednesday at MBS. Versus Houston. Yay.