The Monday Rear View: The One-Point Win

I think it’s safe to say the animal does, in fact, exist…

When Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders FC had a lot of their heavyweight players coming back from the most non-direct flights possible to SEA-TAC, the folks that crossed the SDH path thought that the match wouldn’t go any higher than 2 goals for the winner…

It wasn’t even two goals total, but understand… we did indeed see something…

((HT: MLS/FS1))

The backline was in tact and the early returns on that were essential in the dynamic of keeping the Seattle offense from going as berserk as they are know to go when allowed (the Clint Dempsey entrance being the prime example).

But we also saw some things in Atlanta’s makeshift 5 that were ahead of the back- and that says a lot about the roster and how it was built- specifically for situations like reverb off international breaks… and there’s a lot there to keep the style that Tata Martino wants from the beginning of all this…

Here’s Brian Schmetzer after the match…

((HT: Seattle Sounders FC))

Yes, going all out with the pedal down without Josef Martinez for the rest of this roadtrip will be an interesting experiment for the mix-and-match lineups put forward. But, as Greg Garza says, being at Bobby Dodd meant a lot for getting the team prepped for the Linc.

And that’s something else for Atlanta fans to take in from the match on the road…

The team got used to being in a loud barn- so they could be in the same kind of loudness in more hostile environments and be prepped all over again.

Dear Reader, we might have seen a mythical beast in Seattle and it might exist again in Toronto, Montreal, and Rio Tinto for all we know- although you’d like three points more than one any match you see…

Understood…

But a one-point win might prove more beneficial mentally even if it doesn’t look that way in the standings…

On to Toronto where the early weather reports for the Lakefront are temps in the low-40’s by match kick. Go ahead and subtract another ten degrees for wind chill… The only thing missing at BMO would be snowfall…

But Atlanta United has already seen that, right…??? How’d they do then…???

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