Final Whistle Recap and Thoughts
Atlanta United’s trip to Toronto and BMO Field felt ominous before the ball ever kicked off as the team suffered yet another injury on top of a 1-2 loss against a Toronto FC team near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Gonzalo Pineda will have more headaches after losing right back Brooks Lennon prior to the game, where the right sided player had to be carried off the field after sustaining an injury. We don’t yet know the severity, but it seems like it’s probably on the serious side.
Things didn’t get much better on the field either. It was a classic sloppy and chaotic away performance. The team conceded within the first 10 minutes, which set the tone for the rest of the half in which Atlanta failed to challenge Toronto’s goal.
There was hope in the second half however after this wonderful equalizer from Luiz Araujo.
Luiz Araújo puts it away to the far post!— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 26, 2022
This one's level at 1-1. pic.twitter.com/wIJO9mGwTS
But Toronto went on to score the winner thanks to their Homegrown Ralph Priso hitting a first time strike from the top of the box to beat Rocco Rios Novo.
The only final thought is that it’s a massively disappointing loss — not only because of Toronto being a beatable team, but because this three-game road game stretch only gets more difficult from here.
With the loss, Atlanta United now stands at 19 points through 15 games.
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