Recap and thoughts on the final whistle
Austin FC came to Mercedes Benz Stadium and showed there are levels to this. Atlanta United, in its current state, just isn’t at that level and has been completely beaten on its home turf. In fact, it was one of the worst performances Atlanta United fans have seen from this team at this venue.
This is the first time Atlanta United have trailed by 3 goals at home.
— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) July 10, 2022
Technically, Atlanta also trailed by three in the CCL game against Philadelphia last season. But stay. The result is embarrassing, and yes, while the team is obviously dealing with a historic injury crisis, it’s still extremely disappointing for the fans who saw this team play relatively well against New York teams last week. . And, Atlanta has all of its star attacking players healthy.
For as strong-willed as Atlanta’s young players on defense have been this season, the inexperience really showed on Saturday. Caleb Wiley had the worst performance of his pro career with a bad mistake that led directly to Austin’s second goal. AND tactically, the unit was being sliced on counterattacks and traversing large areas.
The good news, if there is any, is that we won’t have to dwell too long on this game with Real salt lake come to town on Wednesday. But at this stage, it is difficult to envisage a radically different result.
Oh, and Luiz Araujo is suspended for that one! (accumulation of yellow cards)
Instead of giving you our full player ratings now, we’re going to get your feedback first. Below is an evaluation form to fill out with how you rate each Atlanta United player performance. Feel free to head over to the comment 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 view previous responses after voting. Our evaluations will be published shortly.
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