ATLANTA, GEORGIA —Playing on the road remains a huge problem for Atlanta United FC. After a morale-boosting 3-2 win at home against D.C. United on August 28, the visiting Atlanta United FC fell to the home team Philadelphia Union 4-1 at the Subaru Park on September 1.
Atlanta United was able to fight toe to toe with Union in the first half as Andrew Gutrman scored a goal for the team to tie the score at 1-1. However, the second half was different as the home team scored three more goals, resulting in their win. Earlier, the win against United produced many firsts for the Five Stripes.
Despite its losing woes, the fan attendance at the team’s home games remains very high. In the win against United, defender Alan Franco nailed his first goal for the team. Franco leaped to head past a United goalkeeper on a corner kick from Thiago Almada in the 49th minute.
The game is also the first match of the season where Atlanta United won after initially going down a goal. This version of the Five Stripes was the first to score three-headed goals in a club history match and the first MLS team to do so this season. Aside from Franco, the other goal was provided by star Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez and Juanjo Purata.