Miami will be traveling back to Florida with three points after defeating Atlanta United for the second time in ten days. Atlanta’s season continued on its downward trajectory after tonight’s 2-1 loss, leaving Atlanta with a third loss in a row and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, one spot below the playoff line.
#ATLUTD has 11 points from 11 games and is in 11th place... Bring him back. pic.twitter.com/A1InKLh0gG— Kyle Soto (@kyledsoto) September 20, 2020
#ATLUTD’s Starting XI vs Inter Miami CF pic.twitter.com/YtpG01B3Fj— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 19, 2020
Taking the field for #InterMiamiCF tonight... ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/GSEb7RgBTQ— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 19, 2020
Atlanta conceded in the opening two minutes. Miami exploited the space left behind by right back Franco Escobar, and Juan Agudelo scored Miami’s first goal of the night.
#InterMiamiCF making themselves right at home!@JuanAgudelo puts the visitors ahead inside two minutes. ⚡️ #ATLvMIA pic.twitter.com/9SNCxwYoNy— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 19, 2020
Atlanta respond just minutes later through a Jon Gallagher rocket into the upper 90.
Immediate response from @ATLUTD!@JonGallagher96 with a STRONG finish to make it 1-1. #ATLvMIA pic.twitter.com/iuElAn92KU— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 19, 2020
Amazingly, it only took about 5 minutes for Miami to get themselves back on top through a familiar face in Brek Shea.
minutes in and #ATLvMIA is already off the rails... @BrekShea restores Miami's lead from close-range! pic.twitter.com/f9HSLN0IdV— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 19, 2020
From there, Atlanta was fortunate things didn’t get worse.In the 39th minute, Gallagher blocked Brek Shea’s shot on Atlanta’s vacated net to keep Atlanta in the game.
Minutes before halftime, Atlanta conceded a goal that Brad Guzan should have saved, but VAR called it back after determining it was offside.
Atlanta’s best chance of the second half came in the 68th minute, but Cubo Torres couldn’t head a Brooks Lennon cross past MLS stalwart Luis Robles.
#ATLvMIA | 1-2 pic.twitter.com/VfdL7IkjOI— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 20, 2020
- That Josef guy is still out
- Jurgen Damm missed out on tonight’s match due to a hamstring injury
Notable Performance of the Match
Jon Gallagher seems like a good candidate to me. He scored Atlanta’s only goal of the night, nearly scored a second, he was always lively and had me experience the emotion people call “excitement” sometimes.
Tweet of the Match
THEM FIVES STRIPES IS HELL BABY!!! MLS CUP CHAMPIONS!!! THIS IS FOR YOU ATLANTA https://t.co/fSjS2mWeMm— Julian Gressel (@JulianGressel) December 9, 2018
Atlanta will host FC Dallas on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. See you then?