ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The home team Atlanta United FC has moved to sixth place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff race after they defeated the visiting Inter Miami CF 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The win gave United FC three points and improved their playoff points to 46, just one point away from a top-four spot.
The home team was at a disadvantage early as Miami took the first goal in the match in the 32nd minute from a penalty shot from forward Gonzalo Higuain.
In the 59th minute, the home team equalize the count at one goal apiece after Brazilian striker Luiz Araújo scored on a penalty shot.
As the two teams fought toe to toe in their ball possession, United FC Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez scored a late goal in the 73rd minute and eventually gave the club its 12th victory.
Aside from offense, United FC also played well in defense as veteran goalie Brad Guzan had six saves, including a twitchy one in the 90th minute when Miami was desperate to score.
United FC coach Gonzalo Pineda is very happy with their win which further boosted their playoff chances.
“We’ve been talking a lot about managing key moments in the game and the mentality in these types of games,” Pineda said.
“I think the players put up a lot of energy but also good football,” Pineda added.
With only three games left on its schedule, United FC needs to play at its best to secure a playoff slot and contend for its second MLS title this year.
United FC hopes to boost further playoff aspiration when they host the dangerous Toronto FC at the Mercedes Benz Stadium on October 31.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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