Atlanta United earned a point on the road in South Florida with a 1-1 draw against Inter Miami on a warm, sunny Mothers Day contest Sunday. Atlanta United fans and players will be disappointed the team was unable to hold onto an early lead, but there are worse results to be had than a road point on the end of a packed set of fixtures early in the season.
GK Brad Guzan 5: Made some solid saves, but also had some bad spills that nearly led to disaster. One of his better days distributing the ball.
LB George Bello 6: Looked fatigued — like a fullback who’s played almost every single minute so far during a congested early-season schedule. But Bello grew into the game and found more composure after Atlanta took an early lead.
CB Miles Robinson 5: Not as sharp as he normally is. Early on, he was scrambling and generally looked out of sorts, though his unbelievable defensive abilities meant his mistakes weren’t catastrophic. Was fortunate that a potential handball was not given midway through the second half.
CB Anton Walkes 6: Did well on the ball and was the more composed center back on the day. He’s become a very consistent player for Atlanta United since returning to the club last year.
RB Brooks Lennon 7: The same fantastic work rate we know and love, but it was good to see Lennon taking on his man in 1v1 situations, get some shots in, and generally be aggressive and direct in the final third.
DM Santiago Sosa 5: Sosa was denied the ability to impact the game offensively like he has in some other matches this season. But as per usual, his positioning and ability to help manage the back line both in possession and covering defensively was superb in the first half. But the second half he looked exhausted and it was a different sotry. He made a glaring mistake in possession that nearly lead to a penalty. Then failed to mark Lewis Morgan on Miami’s 77th minute equalizer.
CM Emerson Hyndman 7: Provided the assist for Josef Martinez, and was able to make himself an effective outlet for the team transitioning from defense to attack. Hyndman appears to be growing in confidence with every game.
AM Marcelino Moreno 6: Seemed noticeably improved from previous outings. Like Hyndman, had his best moments in transition. He was quicker to release the ball to teammates and didn’t waste possession by carelessly losing the ball. Unfortunately for him, Miami smartly hacked him down when he got into dangerous areas.
W Jake Mulraney 4: Missed a golden chance to stretch Atlanta’s lead to 2-0 in the first half, but hurried his shot attempt and he scuffed the attempt. Gave away the ball too easily with errant passes.
W Erik Lopez 4: Looked shy to be direct and aggressive in moving the ball forward. He grew into the game as it went on, but overall he didn’t offer the attacking threat you’d want, and it was a mediocre performance.
ST Josef Martinez 7 (Man of the match): Josef Martinez finally gets his first gaol after returning from injury, and it was a quality strike that gave Atlanta an important early lead on a hot day in Miami.
SUB Franco Ibarra: He was fine, but sometimes I feel like a high-tempo, high-aggression player like Ibarra comes on and his movements are a little too ambitious for the context of the game — in this case needing to play more conservatively to preserve a lead. Maybe
SUB Cubo Torres: Decent headed attempt on goal from a set piece and some hold up play. The big issue for Torres, especially in these late game situations, is his lack of mobility.
SUB Alex De John: Tough to make your club debut slotting in at right back late in the game, but the game looked fast for him and he seemed panicky. I think the idea was to add some size late on for set piece defending, but Atlanta found themselves trying to find a winner just minutes after coming on.