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Recap: Atlanta United fall to Philadelphia Union, 3-1

Now, for some much-needed time off.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Josef Martinez scored a gorgeous goal just before the half, but the Philadelphia Union struck for three in the second half as it came away with a 3-1 win at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn.

What happened

Philadelphia appeared to have gone up 1-0 a few minutes past the half-hour mark through Kacper Przybylko, but the goal was (rightfully) called back as Marco Fabián had a touch in front of the net while offside.

Then, in first half stoppage time...just watch.

Things went south in the final 30 minutes of the match. Philly scored just after the hour mark courtesy of Brenden Aaronson on a perfect ball from Haris Medunjanin, then took the lead in the 86th on a brilliant strike from Przybylko. Sergio Santos tacked one on a couple of minutes later for the final margin.

A recap thought

I pegged this one to be a 1-0 win with Josef Martinez bagging one and Atlanta hanging on for dear life to get out of town with three points. But the Union just looked fresher and...well...better. Having said that, that’s not an indictment on Atlanta United - counting tonight, it had played 8 matches this month: 5 in MLS, 2 in the Open Cup and Campeones Cup. A two-week break couldn’t have come any quicker.

DSS Man of the Match

Darlington Nagbe. He’s pretty good.

Tweet of the Night

Key Stat of the Night

Atlanta United GP: 28
Philadelphia Union: 29

Still in the running for first in the East.

Up Next

Two weeks off. Then the Columbus Crew at the Benz on September 14. 7 p.m. kickoff.