The Monday Rear View: That Escalated Quickly…

Okay… admit it…

You were glad you weren’t at TCF Bank Stadium Sunday for the Atlanta United road game against fellow minnow, Minnesota United, and you were also wishing on some level you were there to see all that nonsense…

Snow, snow blowers, snow blower breaks, and THE ORANGE BALL all made appearances…

And, briefly, on some plane I know The Better Half’s brain would have drifted to the musical number with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen…

Look it up…

This was the first thing that popped into MY mind when the field started to be overtaken by Mother Nature… Yes, I remember watching the game, the name of the Patriots kicker, and the guy who drive the plow… Let’s go back to 1982, thanks to NBC Sports

What to take from all this in the 6-1 thumping…???
Frankly, a lot…

First, massive props to everyone who showed up for this one… I will stipulate that the conditions were otherwise known as “Sunday” in Minnesota, but the Loons backline has issues with speed. So, yes, it was a bad combination for them chasing #LaBanda, Tyrone Mears, Yamil Asad, and everyone who was involved offensively in possession in the first 45 minutes.

And the notion that offense would not exist in those conditions was proven wrong by both Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron over and over again…

Evidence below, thanks to ESPN and MLS…

But, remember, it took a save-post-save situation with Alec Kann to keep the game at two goals going into the break… which was big in the scheme of things…

Let’s see it again!
(HT: FanSportsClips/AudibleSports)

Oh, did we mention the “Goal of the Week” by Almiron that was a “Golazo Frio” if ever there was one…?

Let’s see it again! (You notice a trend here…???)

SDH would love to know the last time that Tata Martino (or anyone on the Atlanta United roster for that matter) was in conditions like the Minnesota match- and just how cold-blooded (figuratively and literally) Jeff Larentowicz is as a human being going all shirt-sleeves. But Martinez gives fans their first-ever hat trick with goal five… (ed. note- Martino had never been in weather like that…)

Let’s see Goal 5 again! (Fans, we know you could get used to columns like this…)

And Jacob Peterson knocked in goal six- a record-setting performance for an expansion side for goals in a match (Toronto FC had the old record with 4)… So, there you go…

The larger questions have to do, where the home team is concerned, with their staid backline and having to fight from behind- not to mention the word that starting keeper John Alvbage will be out for a while with the nasty injury he picked up in the second half in a collision. There are pieces there, but the prevailing opinion looks like if the Loons are close, they could come up and bite you. If they’re not, they’re in trouble…

They, simply, need a lot of help and patience…

For Atlanta United, we have seen the talent that is on the roster- in waves on offense and defense- which is what Tata Martino wants week in and week out. And it’s a history–making day in town for the #FiveStripes and life in the Dirty Dirty…

So, it’s on to Chicago and the Fire visit to Bobby Dodd next weekend. They’re not last year’s “Dumpster Fire” and they have improved in the off-season. It’s all about momentum now and going forward. And, maybe, Bastian Schweinsteiger again…???

Really, now…???

Where do you go from here…??? There’s a fork in the road… which road do you travel on…???

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