Atlanta United dominated D.C. United on the road Saturday night, storming to a 4-0 win behind a Jon Gallagher brace and Brooks Lennon masterclass in their largest victory of the 2020 season.
Gallagher’s first arrived in the 4th minute, when he swept home a Lennon cross from the right flank for the 1-0 lead. Lennon then joined the fun himself, lasering home a left-footed shot to the top corner in the 41st minute after collecting a poor D.C. clearance for a 2-0 advantage.
The Five Stripes poured on the goals after halftime, starting with Gallagher’s second in the 65th minute. The Irish midfielder capped off a beautiful tic-tac-toe sequence with Emerson Hyndman and Adam Jahn, making it 3-0.
Atlanta got their fourth in the 70th minute via Jahn, who headed home another Lennon cross from the right flank. The No. 9 was unmarked and made no mistake from eight yards out.
D.C.’s night only got worse in the 85th minute when center back Frederic Brillant was shown a straight red card. He made a last-ditch challenge on Atlanta substitute Manuel Castro, resulting in a direct sendoff – even with defensive partner Steven Birnbaum nearby.
While it won’t appear in the boxscore, D.C.’s empty performance was best personified just after halftime. Head coach Ben Olsen had brought on Russell Canouse as a substitute, though he wasn’t on the official team sheet. Widespread confusion emerged, and Canouse was eventually withdrawn as an illegal substitute.