Possibly the best game the team has played goes without the reward they deserved.
Going into this game, I was honestly bracing for impact and expecting the Union to dominate the game and likely take all three points without much of a fuss. Surprisingly, Atlanta United gave them a very tough time. The Five Stripes played better in all areas of the pitch and bossed the game from start to finish, but just couldn't get that final product.
The starting lineup was identical to the one used in the past two matches, marking the first time this season that the team uses identical lineups in three consecutive matches.
Atlanta went on the front-foot early and had several great opportunities to break through Philadelphia's backline, but was unable to capitalize. Towards the end of the first half, Philly started to try to find the opener, but Atlanta's defense denied them and the teams went to the locker room level.
The second half saw a different story from other second halves this season. The team actually looked better and created many chances in the final 45. Atlanta came close on several occasions with Amar Sejdic even hitting the post and Dom Dwyer missing out on some sitters in the box. However, Atlanta's efforts went unrewarded as Andre Blake's outstanding goalkeeping rescued a point for the Union
Taking a look at the stats, Atlanta dominated possession 60-40%, created more shots 16-5 and put 6 shots on target. Interestingly, Atlanta's defense was able to hold against the best attack in the league and didn't even give up a shot on goal.
Possibly the most frustrating result given the performance, but Atlanta's playoff hopes are technically not all gone. They have 40 points in 32 games and are one point from 7th place Columbus. Unfortunately, Columbus has not one, but two games in hand over Atlanta. Also, as of the time that I am writing this post, Orlando is beating Toronto. That result isn't ideal as it significantly closes Atlanta's window for snatching a playoff spot.
Atlanta United will play their penultimate game of the 2022 season on October 1st as they travel to face New England Revolution after the international break.