Atlanta United FC 2, Montreal Impact 0 | 2017 MLS Match Recap
Hector Villalba and Jeff Larentowicz scored in each half for red-hot Atlanta United FC in a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact Sunday, in a match that saw star midfielder Miguel Almiron subbed off with an apparent hamstring injury.
Villalba gave the hosts a deserved 1-0 lead on 28 minutes, when he sliced through the Montreal defense before cracking a shot from 24 yards out into the upper right corner of the net for his 12th goal of the season.
Larentowicz, though, wouldn’t miss when he latched onto a Julian Gressel cross and chested it past Bush for his first goal of the season.
- HOME COOKING: The 43,502 in attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium didn’t get to chow down on Chick-fil-A concessions (it's a Sunday), but they did enjoy yet another thrilling performance at their newly-minted home. Atlanta United FC are now 4-0-1 under The Benz's roof and have outscored opponents 19-3 during that stretch.
- SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: Atlanta not only moved ahead of the Chicago Fire into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference with the win, but they also clinched New York City FC’s second consecutive playoff berth. Atlanta are just three points behind NYCFC with a game in hand.
- ALMIRON ALERT: The one negative in another impressive victory for ATLUTD was an apparent first-half injury to Miguel Almiron, who left the match after 17 minutes, feeling his hamstring.