GK Brad Guzan 7 - Didn’t have much to do, so 7!
RWB Brooks Lennon 7 - Lennon looked back to his old self and the form he showed prior to his injury suffered this summer that held him out of a run of games. Atlanta was able to exploit the space and he showed the pace needed to get in behind to the danger zones.
CB George Campbell 9 - An outstanding performance from Campbell. Anytime a defender scores his first top-flight goal of his career in a dominant shutout victory over a rival, you get a 9.
CB Alan Franco 8 - Picked up an early booking but did well to defend most of the match with that pressure on him. And he didn’t just sit off after the yellow — he finished the match with 7 duels won and an impressive 12 ball recoveries, more than anyone else in the match.
CB Anton Walkes 7 - Walkes was composed on the back line yet again and hardly put a step out of place.
LWB Jake Mulraney 6 - Credit to Mulraney for putting in a solid shift at left wingback (a position that maybe isn’t his most natural) having not played in a match since July 24. He did the job that was needed of him.
CM Santiago Sosa 7 - Coming back from injury perhaps earlier than expected after Pineda’s comments a couple weeks ago, Sosa looked refreshed, active, and confident playing in a role in front of the back three (where he’s looked uncomfortable prior to his injury). He picked up a late yellow card when it wasn’t completely necessary, meaning he’ll miss the team’s next match against Cincinnati on Wednesday.
CM Matheus Rossetto 8 - Probably Rossetto’s best game in an Atlanta United shirt this season, perhaps with his performance in Atlanta’s 3-2 win over Columbus being the only one that comes close. He was excellent moving into open spaces, and hell, the guy only had one incomplete pass. Add in 8 ball recoveries and it makes for a fine all-around performance.
FWD Marcelino Moreno 7 - This is a lower score than most would give him. And no doubt he was a net positive to the team on the night as evident by his assist. But the final product in front of the goal simply wasn’t there — a real shame because he helped create many opportunities. None of his 6 shots tested the goalkeeper and some were taken from low-percentage areas where a pass may have created a better opportunity.
FWD Luiz Araujo 8 - On paper, his stats don’t quite match those of Moreno, but his impact on the game was immense. His presence and quality in the attack creates so many more opportunities for the team to attack and gives the opposition so many more things to think about. He rattled the post with a long-range strike, and Gonzalo Pineda said after the game that once the first goal finally comes, many more will follow. I think everybody who’s seen him play would agree
FWD Ezequiel Barco 9 (Man of the Match) - Barco was fantastic with his work rate, his ability in tight space, and finally sealed the game with an impressive dribble where he beat two defenders in the box before smashing it into the back of the net. Barco led the team in xG, xA, won 7 duels and was never dispossessed on the night.
SUB George Bello 7 - Bello is the only sub I’m going to rate tonight because by the time the others came in, the game was well in hand. But Bello offered exactly what the team needed with sprints up the left side that prevented Orlando from pushing up too high as they pushed for an equalizer. He got into the box and got some shots away.