First, just gonna level with y’all. I watched this one at bar. Which means two things: 1) I’ve had some drinks, and 2) I was watching without sounds and many distractions. So with that being said, if you disagree with these ratings, it’s clearly you who’s wrong.
Overall, it was a lackluster display from Atlanta United, and it was honestly kind of shocking that they still had a chance at the end to get a point from the match.
GK Brad Guzan 6: Guzan was... not really helped by his defenders and he did well to keep Atlanta in the game in the first half.
LB Franco Ibarra 4: Beat for New England’s first goal, and generally looked uncomfortable when he was in the left back position. Heinze noticed this and made the change to move him out of that spot as soon as the opportunity presented itself.
CB Alan Franco 4: Again, didn’t look great, similar to his debut. He was removed from the game at halftime, not a great look for a center back. But it’s still early days for Franco.
CB Anton Walkes 5: Was asked to do quite a bit in this game by Heinze, at times man marking Charles Gil all over the field. Looked better after Miles Robinson entered the game.
RB Brooks Lennon 6: Pretty standard Brooks Lennon game. Lots of energy, but there were fewer opportunities in attack for the fullback to take advantage of.
DM Santiago Sosa 5: Clearly Sosa’s “meh”-est game in an Atlanta United shirt. Not a knock on his quality, but he simply wasn’t able to impact the game the way he has consistently so far this season
CM Emerson Hyndman 4: Gave away the decisive penalty. Other than that, he was okay, but lacked the same energy he’s shown so far under Heinze.
AM Marcelino Moreno 4: Very similar to Barco’s first game this season in which he scored a penalty, but lacked end product when needed and generally was a ball stopper and running into dead ends.
W Jake Mulraney 4: Who knows. Somebody tell me.
W Jurgen Damm NA: Not rating Damm due to leaving so early in the game with injury. He was partially at fault for the first goal, leaving his man far too much time o the ball to pick out a cross. Admittedly, not what he’s on the field for, but as a starter he has to be willing to do the dirty work defensively.
ST Cubo Torres 3: Seemed reallllllly bad. Like, as in, you have to wonder if Jackson Conway would’ve been a better option.
SUB George Bello 6: Entered the game in a pinch and did well. Pretty typical Bello performance.
SUB Miles Robinson 5: Seemed fine. The defensive unit certainly seemed more solid after he came on. How much of that can be attributed to Robinson? I can’t tell.
SUB Ezequiel Barco 5: Nightmare scenario for Barco who didn’t have much time on the field before having to depart with a hamstring injury. Hopefully it’s minor, but Barco has been plagued by injuries through his tenure with the club and this continues that trend.
SUB: Josef Martinez 4: I honestly didn’t notice Josef after he came on. Again, caveats stated at the top of the post apply, so correct me if I’m wrong here.
SUB ERIK MF LOPEZZZZ 5: He did some things! I want to see more Lopez!