Atlanta United struggled the entire game and lost 2-1 to the New England Revolution.
Atlanta suffered its first MLS loss of the season under Gabriel Heinze as Bruce Arena’s New England Revolution controlled the entire game.
This moves the Revolution to the top of the Eastern Conference with 2 wins and one draw, while Atlanta United has a measly 1-1-1 record.
The Revolution’s Brandon Bye sank Carles Gil’s cross in the 18th minute, a situation that Jurgen Damm and the backline were simply not able to deal with.
In the 43′, Marcelino Moreno converted an against-the-run-of-play penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1. Moreno is now third on Atlanta’s list of penalty kick goal scorers (3), behind Miguel Almiron (5) and Josef Martinez (16) in MLS action.
Carles Gil sank a penalty kick for the Revolution in the 52’to put New England on top – again.
Gabriel Heinze’s starting lineup featured severalf changes. Mulraney started as the left wingback position, Cubo Torres started up top and Alan Franco replaced Miles Robinson at one of the two center back positions.
Jurgen Damm started, but was injured in the 25th minute. Substitute Ezequiel Barco was also injured and left the game in the 80th minute. Heinze had not yet received an update from the club’s medical staff when he spoke with media.
Carles Gil took control of things for the Revolution, setting up the opening goal for Bye and scoring a solid penalty kick to win the game for New England.
“There’s a few things we know we should have done better,” said Anton Walkes during postgame interviews. “The fixtures are coming very quick and we have to take what we can out of this game and make sure we improve [for] Tuesday.”
Atlanta travels to Subaru Park to play the Philadelphia Union and attempt to turn around a 3-0 deficit in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.