NYCFC 0-1 Atlanta United

Last weekend, Atlanta United went on the road in a big game and laid a total egg, looking nervous, unsure of itself and mistake-prone.

What a difference a week makes.

Sunday, the team in Five Stripes looked like a different group altogether. While the team welcomed Miguel Almiron and Greg Garza back to the starting XI, it wasn’t the personnel that made the difference so much as it was the mentality of the team. Atlanta United looked strong in the challenge, smart in it’s distribution of the ball (specifically in not taking on unnecessary risk), and made the most of opportunities to attack NYCFC on a tiny pitch in Yankee Stadium.

Atlanta United bounced back in a big way from a disappointing Decision Day loss to get a valuable 1-0 win on the road in New York. Atlanta has put itself in a position to advance past NYCFC if it can keep a clean sheet in the return fixture next week in Atlanta.