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RECAP: Atlanta United is victorious in first match under Stephen Glass

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The Five Stripes shut out Nashville SC at home to restart the regular season.

Nashville SC v Atlanta United Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Atlanta United played a soccer match for the first time in 32 days and scored in the aforementioned soccer match, the team’s first goal in over five months. Two goals from Pity Martinez secured the three points for Atlanta in an empty (well, almost empty besides the flags) Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Under interim coach Stephen Glass, Atlanta United has entered the post Frank de Boer era with a win. Let’s take a look at the goals.

Cubo Torres made his Atlanta United debut and almost scored. Neat.

Takeaway

I’m just gonna be honest here. I didn’t know I didn’t have the channel for the game until 20 minutes before the match started. I missed a decent chunk of the match, so my analysis may seem somewhat shoddy.

I feel that Atlanta United has made progress, but the bar was set pretty low. Atlanta won, but didn’t dominate by any means. Nashville outshot Atlanta 15-6, though Nashville admittedly put many of them off target. As a friend told me over text, “Pity is unleashed”, which is an accurate summation of the Argentine’s performance. If Stephen Glass can continue to get the best out of Pity, which will be crucial due to the Josef shaped hole at the striker position, that would be nice. It’s a small sample size, but we’ll see how Stephen Glass’ Atlanta United performs over the next few scheduled games.

Injury Report

Why Barco wasn’t in the squad and why Robinson didn’t start:

  • Fernando Meza was forced off at halftime with an injury and was replaced by Miles Robinson.

Man of the Match

Pity. Sure, he wasn’t perfect, but did you see the goals that he scored?

Tweet of the Match

What’s Next?

The team will be traveling to Florida to take on Inter Miami on Aug. 26th. Here’s to hoping it goes well.