Saturday, March 17, 2018

Atlanta United FC 4, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Atlanta United FC notched their second win in as many weeks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, defeating 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps FC by a 4-1 scoreline on Saturday.
The game turned very early, as Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston was sent off in the 13th minute for a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the box on a free kick, following Video Review. Josef Martinez converted the subsequent penalty to put the hosts ahead.
Atlanta enjoyed a plethora of chances after the red card, but were wasteful with them until just before the hour mark, when a sustained Atlanta build-up led to an own goal by Vancouver defender Aaron Maund. Two minutes later, Martinez received a beautiful pass from Miguel Almiron and scored his second goal of the night on a breakaway.
Erik Hurtado came off the bench and scored a consolation goal late on from a breakaway for Vancouver. But Martinez completed his hat trick a few minutes later, on a header following a terrific assist from Homegrown midfielder Andrew Carleton.

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