Atlanta United always has the potential to score in bunches, and they did just that on Sunday to stun New York City FC.
Three goals in quick succession helped push Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Two of those goals came from Miguel Almiron, who now has five goals in his past two matches.
Almiron opened the scoring in the 16th minute, firing home an assist from Julian Gressel on a quick counterattack. The Paraguayan star was left wide open in the center of the box, leaving a simple touch and finish to open the scoring for the hosts.
Three minutes later, Hector Villalba doubled the lead with a magnificent curler. Played in by Yamil Asad, Villalba fired a shot around Sean Johnson and inside the far post to push the lead to 2-0.
Almiron then popped up again in the 26th minute, firing his second of the game. As NYCFC petitioned for a foul call on Gressel, the rookie centered a pass to Almiron, who fired Atlanta’s third and final goal to all but end NYCFC’s hopes before the midway point of the first half.
The visitors eventually did find a goal of their own, though, on a 71st minute finish from Jack Harrison. It would prove little more than a consolation as NYCFC lost for the second time in three matches.
Atlanta United now looks ahead to a visit to the Vancouver Whitecaps while NYCFC faces a double week of home matches against the New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Miguel Almiron was dominant yet again as the Paraguayan star continues to more than justify the hype that preceded his arrival.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Almiron’s third goal may have been slightly controversial from an NYCFC point of view, but, despite the protests, it all but ended the match before NYCFC even truly found a rhythm.
MATCH TO FORGET
It was a rough night for the entire NYCFC backline, prompting Ethan White’s substitution in the 60th minute. However, it was Alexander Callens that was bullied on the third goal, a sign of a rough night for the entire unit.