Let’s be real, we all hit the panic button when Atlanta suffered their second straight loss to NYCFC a few weeks ago. We aren’t to blame, though – being on the wrong side of two straight 3-1 results will do it to you. However, since that 3-1 loss at Yankee Stadium, we have seen a different team; and that team came out to play Sunday evening. After a 4-1 domination of Houston last week, Atlanta looked to get revenge on NYCFC in front of a fifth straight sellout crowd. They definitely got their revenge, and it was sweeter than anyone could’ve imagined.
The first time Atlanta played the boys in blue, we learned that when it rains, it pours. After going into the half 1-1, Rodney Wallace and NYC scored two quick goals in the second half to put Atlanta away. However, this time around, it was the good guys who scored quick and scored many to give Atlanta a comfortable lead just halfway through the first 45 minutes.
First, Hector Villalba passed the ball to Julian Gressel, who made a perfect cross to who else but Miguel Almiron to open the scoring in the 16th minute. This goal made Miggy the team’s leading scorer with six goals. Atlanta 1, NYCFC 0.
But Tito wanted one of his own. He added a second goal for the five stripes in just the 19th minute after a beautiful run that resulted in 15’s fifth goal of the season. Atlanta 2, NYCFC 0.
What’s crazier than two goals in three minutes? Three goals in seven minutes.
Just four minutes passed until Julian Gressel outworked an NYC defender in the attacking third, and found Miguel Almiron for their second connection of the day. Miggy easily found the back of the net and got his brace. Atlanta 3, NYCFC 0.
Atlanta never had another shot on goal for the rest of the game, but they didn’t need to. Although Jack Harrison of NYCFC was able to find the net in the 71st minute, Atlanta’s back line stood too tall for the boys in blue to pose any real threat of a comeback.
It was great to see the Five Stripes bounce back against the one team who truly outplayed them for 90 minutes earlier this season. Almiron noted that “The loss against New York was a game we wanted to forget… Now, thanks to God, the level of the team is increasing.”
The win gave Atlanta their second two-game win streak of the season. A hard earned three points moved United to 7th on the table with 18 points. (5-3-4) The team will begin a two game road stretch this Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and will then face Chicago Fire on June 10th. After watching their last two performances at Bobby Dodd, I’m confident they’ll continue to impress until they return back home to play Columbus Crew on the 17th.
Check out the highlights from yesterdays match here: