Despite leading for the majority of the video game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United fell 2-1 to FC Cincinnati.
Just like their persuading wins over Seattle Sounders and Nashville SC, Atlanta left to a strong start in the house vs Cincinnati with winger Edwin Mosquera discovering the opening objective and his very first objective for the Five Stripes.
But Atlanta rapidly entered into a lull late in the very first half, something that has actually been an issue in 2023. As to no football fan’s surprise, those missed out on opportunities returned to haunt Atlanta, as Cincy’s electrical duo of MLS MVP prospect Luciano ‘Lucho’ Acosta and Brandon Vazquez scored a set of late objectives to raise their group to success.
The Five Stripes lacked their head coach Gonzalo Pineda for the video game as he was serving a suspension for yellow card build-up with Diego de la Torre actioning in for the night.
“… we played a very good game and had control of the game,” stated de la Torre. “I think what happened in the second half is we lost control of the game. We were playing against the first-place team in the League, and they were chasing and competing. I have to give credit to Cincinnati, because they were a very good team…”
The assistant coach restated that moving forward, Atlanta needs to determine how to manage video games much better and on a more constant basis if they are to experience success.
“It is part of our game and we have been playing like that all season. Today, in the second half, you saw it more because we lost the control, and that because we started doing things that we never do. For me, that was the real problem,” he included.
Atlanta, now in 6th location in the Eastern Conference standings with 41 points from 27 video games played, will take a trip out west to handle FC Dallas on September 2 at Toyota Stadium.
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