Atlanta United put together one of its most complete performances of the season in a 1-0 win over FC Dallas Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta held FC Dallas to a season-low one shot on target and Jeff Larentowicz converted a second-half penalty to secure all three points, snapping FC Dallas’ three-game winning streak.
Featuring a new look in the attack with Jon Gallagher leading the line, Atlanta created numerous chances in the first half and ultimately attempted six shots, four of which were inside the box. One of Atlanta’s best chances in the first half came in the 28th minute when Gallagher and Jake Mulraney combined to force Jimmy Maurer into a save off a quick counterattack.
Atlanta nearly scored in the 51st minute off a corner kick as Larentowicz just barely missed a bicycle attempt to the far post. However, after video review a handball was called on Matt Hedges on the initial cross. Larentowicz stepped up and converted with a shot to the bottom right, getting Maurer to dive to the wrong post.
After holding FC Dallas without an attempted shot for much of the night, Brad Guzan was called upon to make a key save late, denying Santiago Mosquera from a close-range effort in the 80th minute.
Atlanta United (4-7-2, 14 points) returns to action Sunday, Sept. 27 against Chicago Fire at Soldier Field (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game, La Mejor).
Atlanta United 1, FC Dallas 0
Shots: 12-6 Atlanta
Shots on Target: 5-1 Atlanta
Corner kicks: 8-2 Atlanta
Fouls committed: 14-9 Atlanta
Clearances: 26-17 Atlanta
Offside: 1-0 FC Dallas
Possession: 52-48 FC Dallas
Passing Accuracy: 78-78
ATL – Jeff Larentowicz (penalty) 55’ [HIGHLIGHT]
FCD – Bressan (yellow) 47’
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan; George Bello, Miles Robinson (Adam Jahn – HT), Fernando Meza, Franco Escobar; Jeff Larentowicz ©, Mattheus Rossetto (Eric Remedi – HT), Emerson Hyndman (Edgar Castillo – 89’); Jake Mulraney (Laurence Wyke – 81’), Jon Gallagher (Manuel Castro – 72’), Brooks Lennon.
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Anton Walkes, George Campbell, Tyler Wolff.
FC DALLAS STARTING LINEUP
Jimmy Maurer; Bressan, Matt Hedges ©, Ryan Hollingshead, John Nelson (Bryan Reynolds – 69’); Ricaurte Velez, Tanner Tessmann, Brandon Servania (Franco Jara – 68’), Michael Barrios (Dante Sealy – 83’); Jesus Ferreira (Ricardo Pepi – 83’), Fafa Picault (Santiago Mosquera – 69’)
Substitutes not used: Phelipe, Edwin Munjoma, Nkosi Burgess, Thomas Roberts.
Timothy Ford, (referee), Corey Rockwell, (assistant), Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein, (assistant), Matthew Thompson, (fourth), Jorge Gonzalez (VAR).
- Jeff Larentowicz scored his 42nd career MLS goal, and 12th from the penalty spot. He’s now 12-for-15 in his career, with his last coming on Sept. 11, 2015.
- The win snapped FC Dallas’ three-game winning streak.
- The shutout also snapped FC Dallas’ streak of scoring in six straight matches.
- Larentowicz made his 430th MLS Regular Season appearance, second all-time by a field player in MLS history behind Kyle Beckerman (493).
- Larentowicz also started his 391st MLS Regular Season match, third all-time by a field player behind Kyle Beckerman (459) and Chad Marshall (404).
- Larentowicz has also now scored or assisted in three straight matches.