Atlanta United completed a total of 936 passes in their 4-0 win over a 10-man Chicago Fire on Saturday. That seems like a lot...Is it a lot? Apparently it is, because it broke an MLS record and did so by 124 passes.
It should be noted that MLS’ statistical department hasn’t kept these records for their entire existence. It’s only just been focused on around the last six years. However, that shouldn’t take away from the amazing dominance put on display by Atlanta. Yes, they played against a short-handed Fire side for 79 minutes. But that doesn’t automatically mean a team dominates a match. It takes talent and a great gameplan to pull of the 83% possession that they did.
Lucy Rushton, Atlanta United’s Head of Technical Recruitment & Analysis was pleased with the passing numbers put up, but also correctly pointed out that the great stats are only great because of the goals the came from them.