A Wednesday night sellout enjoys another decisive win by Atlanta United. Yamil Asad scored two goals and assisted on two others in the midst of a furious four-goal first half that propelled the Five Stripes to a 4-0 win over the LA Galaxy at Atlanta Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Josef Martinez continued his torrid scoring pace with a goal 12 minutes into the game. It was his eighth goal in four games. Martinez is tied for third in the league in goals scored with 17 and first in scoring per 90 minutes (1.38 goals/90 min). Asad threaded a pass between the legs of Jermaine Jones that the striker’s sweet left foot was able to give the Five Stripes a 1-0 lead.
Since the team returned home, they have scored three or more goals each match. “I think you’ve seen in the last few home games that the whole team, generally speaking, has come out with a great intensity at the beginning of the game,” said Asad. “We’ve been able to maintain that and get some good results.”
Asad tripled the differential with two goals in seven minutes. The midfielder slotted home the first capitalizing on Rafael Garcia’s deflection of Miguel Almiron’s shot.
The Argentinian’s second goal was far less dramatic but every bit thrilling. Almiron approach in the box drew four defenders allowing Hector Villalba to slip away unnoticed. By the time the Galaxy responded only goalkeeper Jon Kempin stood in the way. As Kempin moved to cut off Villalba’s attack of the right post, the midfielder passed it to Asad for the tap in.
LA’s eleven became ten after a mashup involving Villalba and Jermaine Jones. A yellow card was given to Villalba for unsporting behavior and Jones was disqualified from the match for violent conduct.
Jones argued the merit of the red card with the official for several minutes even prompting a video review of the collision. “I felt a tackle on my left foot,” explained Jones. “I jumped up and then I reached back with my leg and caught him on his back. The referee called it a kick but he was not sure. He looked into it and the people on TV reviewed it and said they did not have a clear picture to say exactly what happened so he said it’s a red card.”
Before Jones reached the visitor’s locker room, Atlanta United had scored again. This time it was Almiron with a deft golfers chip shot that went up and over the outstretched hands of the charging Kempin.
United finished the first half with all the goals it needed but ended the game with too many disciplinary actions. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez picked up a yellow card during the two minutes of stoppage time added on to the first half and Brandon Vazquez picked up a red card with less than ten minutes remaining in the match.
Atlanta will seek to extend their home dominance on Sunday when the Montreal Impact comes to town.
All photos by Jason McDonald, CORE360 Sports