Under Stephen Glass, Atlanta won their first game back in Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a 2-0 victory against Nashville SC. With goals coming from Pity Martinez, the team looked like their old dominant form. This victory marked their first win since March 7th. It is an excellent start for Stephen Glass, and it looks like a sign for future wins.
Let’s take a look at some of the changes Glass implemented that helped the Atlanta United finally win a game.
Much of their play was the same as how they played in the MLS is Back tournament. In typical Atlanta United style, the team dominated the possession battle, with 56% of the ball kept with the Five Stripes across the 90 minutes. The team was also more clinical with their shooting, with four of their total six shots being on target. The difference in their play is seen with their goals. After a superb solo goal and a stunning, precise one-touch finish, Pity Martinez displayed his excellence in leading the attack. His performance was truly incredible.
On the defensive end, it is a better sight to see the team keeping a clean sheet. However, there are still definite lapses on this side as Nashville was able to register 15 total shots. With a combination of poor shooting and an excellent display from Brad Guzan, the team were able to secure their first win since the restart—a good morale booster for the team and their fans.
Despite registering the same amount of tackles, the difference was in the aerial duels. Atlanta was able to win 24 aerial duels to Nashville’s 10, which is a testament to the defense they played. The performance they showed in this win is a glimpse of the old Atlanta United defense, which was solid and impenetrable. If the team continues to play this way, the future under Glass will be bright.
There were a few moments in the game that made fans nervous. The team suffered injuries in the defensive end, with center back Fernando Meza being subbed at half time and midfielder Ezequiel Barco out with an undisclosed injury. Both these players are a huge part of the team and are essential for the team’s future wins.
Regardless of this, the Atlanta United should be proud of their win. It is a huge morale booster for the team and their fans as well. While it is too soon to say that the Five Stripes are truly back, it is clear that the team is going in the right direction.