Atlanta United lost to New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Marcelino Moreno scored his first goal of the season, but a second half penalty awarded to New England after video review was ultimately the difference maker.
New England took the lead in the 19th minute after stringing a few passes together from a corner kick. Eventually, Carles Gil chipped a ball into the center of the box for Brandon Bye, who’s run from the midfield enabled him to find space and casually re-direct a header to the far post to beat Brad Guzan.
The Revolution controlled play for most of the first half, but Atlanta equalized from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute. Moreno took Bye on along the left wing and was eventually dragged down near the end line. The Argentine midfielder stepped up and calmly slotted past Matt Turner to equalize before halftime.
Atlanta improved its play after halftime but was undone by a video review decision that awarded New England a penalty. Emerson Hyndman fouled Tajon Buchanan on the edge of the box, but after review, the foul was deemed to be on the line and a penalty was given. Gil stepped to the spot and converted to give New England a 2-1 lead.
In the final half hour, Atlanta continued to push forward, including forcing a pair of saves from Turner. However, Ezequiel Barco was forced off the field in the 79th minute with an injury, and with Atlanta out of substitutes, the team was forced to play with 10 men for the final stretch of the match.
Atlanta (1-1-1, 4 points) returns to action Tuesday to take on Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park in the Second Leg of its 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals match-up (8:00 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN). It returns to MLS play Sunday, May 9 at Inter Miami CF (1:00 p.m., ABC, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).
New England Revolution 2, Atlanta United 1
Shots: 14-11 New England
Shots on Target: 6-4 New England
Corner kicks: 7-4 New England
Fouls committed: 15-14 New England
Offside: 2-1 Atlanta
Possession: 56-44 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 85-81 Atlanta
NE – Brandon Bye (Carles Gil) 19’ [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Marcelino Moreno (penalty) 43’ [HIGHLIGHT]
NE – Carles Gil (penalty) 53’ [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Jake Mulraney (yellow) 17’
ATL – Alan Franco (yellow) 29’
ATL – Santiago Sosa (yellow) 33’
NE – Brandon Bye (yellow) 75’
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan ©; Jake Mulraney (Erik Lopez – 72’), Anton Walkes, Alan Franco (Ezequiel Barco – HT), Brooks Lennon; Santiago Sosa, Emerson Hyndman, Franco Ibarra (Miles Robinson – HT); Marcelino Moreno, Erick “Cubo” Torres (Josef Martinez – 72’), Jürgen Damm (George Bello – 25’).
Substitutes not used: Ben Lundgaard, Jack Gurr, Jackson Conway.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION STARTING LINEUP
Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Lucas Maciel, Matthew Polster; Arnor Traustason (Teal Bunbury – 72’), Carles Gil ©, Tajon Buchanan (Thomas McNamara – 72’); Adam Buksa.
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Christina Mafla, Jonathan Bell, Edward Kizza, Scott Caldwell, Wilfrid Kaptoum.
Chris Penso (referee), Corey Parker (assistant), Jason White, (assistant), Thomas Snyder (fourth), Sorin Stoica (VAR), Tom Supple (AVAR).
- It was Marcelino Moreno's 3rd penalty goal in his ATLUTD career. That puts him 3rd on the ATLUTD PK Goals list. Josef Martinez (16) and Miguel Almirón (5) are ahead in MLS play.
- Moreno had a team-high four shots.
- Atlanta United finished the match with 10 men, as Ezequiel Barco was forced off the field in the 79th minute with an injury.
- Santiago Sosa had a game-high 81 touches, which was a season high.