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MLS: Expansion Atlanta Utd open with collapse vs. RBNY

Yamil Asad

Atlanta United midfielder Yamil Asad (11) reacts after scoring a goal in the first half of an MLS soccer game against the New York Red Bulls, Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)


The game in 100 words (or less): Welcome to the wonderful world of Atlanta sports teams, MLS. Up 1-0 75 minutes into their MLS debut, Atlanta United pulled an [insert sad professional sports team from Atlanta], and conceded twice in the space of six minutes to lose 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the expansion side’s temporary home until July. Yamil Asad bagged the game’s opening goal not long before the half-hour mark, and Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s side was in total control of the evening’s proceedings, holding the Red Bulls to just two shots on target through 75 minutes. The 76th minute would see Alec Kann tasked with saving three efforts; he would make only two, as Daniel Royer headed home the equalizer. Six minutes later, Anton Walkes get the final touch as the the ball rolled over his own goal line.

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Three Four moments that mattered

25' — Asad prods home at the back post — Welcome to MLS, Atlanta. Roooaaarrr.

67' — Almiron tries to chip Robles, leaves it short — Surely a better way to finish a wide-open breakaway exists…

76' — Royer gets up, heads home for 1-1 — So, yeah, Almiron’s going to want that one back. Royer rises above, gets the hoop and the harm.

82' — Walkes gets the final touch to complete RBNY’s comeback — The problem for Anton Walkes? Well, he currently plays for Atlanta, and that’s Atlanta’s goal.

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Men of the match: Daniel Royer

Goalscorers: Asad (25'), Royer (76'), Walkes (OG - 82')

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