GK Brad Guzan 5 - Eh. (Sorry, I hate rating goalkeepers.) I do remember when he threw it into somebody that created a scramble in front of goal. On Nashville’s goal, maybe he could have stopped it but it was a clear cut chance. Overall, Guzan was not instrumental in the result or the way the game went.
RWB Brooks Lennon 5 - Lennon grew into the game and got into some better positions late on, but it still doesn’t feel to me like he’s back up to his peak form that we’ve seen earlier this season. He’s certain to find more opportunities soon with Luiz Araujo making such a big impact on the right side.
CB Miles Robinson 6, CB Alan Franco 6, CB Anton Walkes 6 - Grouping the center back together because there wasn’t a whole lot separating them in their performances. Relatively steady with just some minor hiccups. The goal conceded was mainly down to tactical disorganization in midfield, so not a ton to knock on this group defensively. If there’s a criticism, it’s that they weren’t able to move the ball quick enough to disorganize Nashville in possession.
LWB George Bello 5 - Bello popped up in a couple dangerous positions during the 90 minutes — once with a shot from inside the box and another surging into the box from the wing. In the end though, he didn’t really get on the ball very much throughout the game.
CM Amar Sejdic 4 - After Sejdic’s incredible performance against DC, Nashville surely studied the tape and did a great job marking him tightly in buildup to prevent him getting on the ball in comfortable areas. It resulted in Sejdic not being able to settle into the game how he’d have liked and he mainly chased shadows Saturday afternoon.
CM Marcelino Moreno 7 - Moreno was an engine Saturday and did well playing in the deeper role we’ve seen him transition to since Santiago Sosa has been out of the team. Despite the “deeper” position, he still managed to lead the team in chances created.
LW Ezequiel Barco 6 - Barco was not bad, but also not super effective due to Nashville’s tactic to kick him at every opportunity. He was fouled 5 times overall and was forced deeper and deeper, taking him away from the positions in and around the box where he’s had so much success as of late.
RW Luiz Araujo 7 - It’s easy to say Araujo had a bad day based on his inability to fire most of his shots on goal. But the Brazilian was intrusmental in many of Atlanta’s attacking moves and completed 7/7 dribbles which is pretty incredible. He’s still working his way into sharpness from his summer offseason, so maybe a day like this in front of goal isn’t so crazy.
ST Josef Martinez 5 - It’s a day Josef will want to forget. Not only because he didn’t get to touch the ball very often in the box, but even when he did he was not sharp and even completely whiffed on one particular shot attempt. His shaking of the advertising hoardings late in the game was indicative of his frustration on the day.
SUB Matheus Rossetto 6 - Did a nice job after coming on with some ball recoveries and helping Atlanta transition from defense to attack.
SUB Erik Lopez 4 - Another poor performance from Lopez. He looks jittery and not in synch with his teammates when he comes on the field. Right now, I see him as being more effective when Atlanta has to hold a lead because he is a willing runner.
SUB Jurgen Damm NA - Didn’t play long enough to assign a rating but man was that frustrating.
SUB Ronald Hernandez NA