Final Whistle Recap and Thoughts
- Atlanta United will never be a playoff team — let alone a good team or a title-contending team — until it can stop conceding goals that are easily preventable. Philadelphia opened the scoring on a rolling shot into the corner that Rocco Rio Novo could not steer around the post. And then the team conceded in first half stoppage time off a corner. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. Things got out of hand late when the team was chasing the game, but they put themselves in a terrible position from the start by allowing these cheap goals.
- The reason I point out the above is because Atlanta gave a damn good team all they wanted for the better part of an hour (again, before things got out of hand). Atlanta was probing and creating better scoring opportunities on the road against a Supporters Shield contender. BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS BECAUSE THEY ARE CONCEDING PREVENTABLE GOALS. THINGS WILL NOT GET BETTER UNTIL THEY STOP DOING THIS.
- They probably won’t stop giving up the preventable goals this season.
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.