Final Whistle Recap and Thoughts
Atlanta United was inches away from a dramatic comeback win against Orlando City Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but an incredible save from Pedro Gallese and his post ultimately denied Atlanta United the full three points in a 1-1 draw.
The first half was a total bore. Both teams combined for 5 total shot attempts and a combined 0.37 xG. But in the second half, Atlanta United turned on the afterburners and sent wave after wave of attacks at Orlando after Thiago Almada and Josef Martinez entered the game.
Almada delivered the game-tying assist to Juanjo Purata for his first goal in an Atlanta United shirt.
Watching this @JuanjoPurata14 goal ON. REPEAT. pic.twitter.com/hK4nXp7wC5— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 17, 2022
Ulitimately, it was a hit and miss performance, but there was definitely some inspiration for Atlanta United to draw on in the final half hour of Sunday’s match. Atlanta remains in 11th place in the Eastern Conference as they get ready to head out to Los Angeles next weekend to play the Galaxy. The team sits two points behind Charlotte, the current team in the final playoff place, with a game in hand.
Instead of giving you our full player ratings now, we’ll get your reactions first. Below is a ratings form for you to fill out with how you rate each Atlanta United player’s performance. Feel free to head down to the comments section and leave your thoughts on the match as a whole or give your detailed explanation of your ratings. You can view the results by clicking to see previous responses after voting. Our ratings will be out shortly.
Here’s a mobile-friendly link to the ballot. The in-post ballot only works on desktop due to issues out of my control.