Rehydrated Atlanta United draws 1-1 FC Cincinnati in half-full or half-empty game
Atlanta United opened their game against FC Cincinnati by seeking to answer a few key questions: What would the squad look like under new manager Rob Valentino? Would there still be a marking of the man? Which team would hilariously give up a late lead? Would the team’s performance improve after being fully hydrated and properly fed for the first time since February? How many hat tricks would Josef score?
In the end, two struggling teams played their guts out and Cinci scored first to gain the advantage, then followed the script they had been writing all season and blew it up.
Atlanta United lined up in a 4-3-3 with Ronald Hernandez lined up at left-back in a surprising choice for the manager
Josef martinez Rob Valentino.
Meanwhile, Fußball Club Cincinnati embarked on a 4-3-3 with several washed-out USMNT players, some of whom were never beaten.
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The first half saw both teams come out with a lot of energy. At first it looked like the FCC would push Atlanta all the way to Mammoth Cave, but Atlanta eventually found a way to get the ball rolling and even looked solid in midfield. The typical refrain of “Atlanta really struggles in the last third” ringed true because an Irishman and two kids couldn’t do much in this department.
That said, Marcie Moreno had a free kick over the bar that was possibly the closest an Atlanta player has managed to crush on a direct hit in two years. The no. 10 also created the best scoring chance Atlanta United have had in 15 months and essentially defenestrated Geoff Cameron along the way, but Jackson Conway isn’t Josef Martinez and hasn’t scored.
It looked better and there were even statistics that quantified this sighting.
Alec Kann also saved the entire first half on his own by doing a terrific… leg block? It wasn’t quite a stoppage of the kick, but it kept the game 0-0.
There would be some excitement at the end of the half as Santi Sosa won a ball sweeping Alvaro Barreal’s leg and on the block, karate Gustavo Vallecilla took down Moreno by giving Atlanta a free kick in a dangerous area. Alas, the resulting play did not lead to a goal and the clubs entered the half tied at zero-nil.
Half-time also brought a practice announcement.
LMAO @ Rob Valentino’s halftime interview. He said Josef Martinez is helping him as an assistant coach and will say when he is ready to enter.
– Rob Usry (@RobUsry) July 22, 2021
And of course, one of them.
It was either water jokes or a discussion of how Skyline Chili consumption affects the human digestive tract, so consider yourself lucky.
After the players had used as much water and various sports drinks as they wanted, the second half began.
Here is a list of things that happened in the second 45:
- Jackson Conway fought with Geoff Cameron
- A shot hit the post and deflected from Kann narrowly missing entering the goal by a few inches, he would no doubt have gone in if Guzan had started
- Ghost hit Luciano Acosta in the face and he rolled on the ground for a while
The Phantom must have given Acosta special powers because, like he does every time he plays at Atlanta United, he has scored.
Inevitably, this woke Josef Martinez from his sleep and he gave up his duties as assistant coach to enter the game for Conway with Amar Sejdic coming out for Matheus Rossetto.
The Venezuelan quickly scored, wait, not the other Venezuelan. FC Cincinnati can’t give up the lead if they don’t have the lead after all and Ronald Hernandez scored a rocket to bring things up to level … a game strong enough defensively to receive a yellow card for no good reason. .
After the goal, Machop Chol came out for Erik Lopez and former Atlanta United legend Brandon Vazquez came out for Issac Atanga.
Atlanta would continue to seek a second goal, Cinci seemed somewhat worried about it and even took off a striker with Barreal making way for defender Nick Hagglund. This may be the result of the return of Peachtree Press, as the fitness regimen applied by the former manager seemed to have had at least one positive effect.
Back to the list :
- Josef almost scored a free kick … Ok, it was badly placed but on target
- Marcie and the linesman argued over where the ball should go in a corner
At the end of the 90 minutes plus added time, the score would remain equal to one each. It seemed like a fair enough result as each team struggled to finish their chances with the credit given to goalkeepers for making big saves. Plus, Cinci will never keep a lead for the rest of the season again, after scoring it’s like playing with a new plate of Skyline Chili in their pants.
Some farewell thoughts:
- Josef + someone who wants the team to have fun and play on offense could be the best manager Atlanta United can hope for right now.
- I don’t know who was better between Chol and Lopez, the team played better when Lopez was there, but Josef was also there and I think that’s why
- Sejdic is very solid in the midfield