ATLANTA, GEORGIA— Atlanta United head coach Gabriel Heinze said promising central midfielder Santiago Sosa is good news for the team especially the way he played in the team’s 1-1 draw against Philadephia Union in Leg 2 of their quarterfinals series for the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday at the Subaru Park.
Sosa scored the team’s only goal in their match.
The goal is sweet for Sosa, 22 since it is his first-ever goal in the professional level after signing with the Major League Soccer ball club in February.
In a press conference after the match, Heinze refuses to provide straightforward comments on the soccer skills of a promising Argentine soccer star since he wants to keep it private especially that he is facing his players on a daily basis.
While he did not say any direct complimentary comment on Sosa’s game, Heinze did say he is good news for Atlanta United.
At the same press conference, Heinze also said that three United players who missed their game have an effect on the way they played against the Union who beat them 4-1 in their series.
“Losing players has always an effect on the way the team plays,” Heinze said.
United winger Jurgen Damm, attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco, and Lisandro Lopez missed the crucial leg against the Union team.
Despite his admission, Heinze is still happy and proud of the way his players performed in leg 2.
“I’m happy that my players are ready to play today,” Heinze added.
Heinze said overall both United and Union played well in their game since the two teams were able to score a goal.
The defeat against the Union is the third straight quarterfinals exit of the United in the CCL.