JK Bobby Shuttleworth 5: Not a factor in the result because he couldn’t do much to stop the goals scored by Montreal. Overall, MTL scored 2.53 xGoT (Expected Targets on Target, which represents where shots enter the mouth of the goal instead of where the shot was taken), and also did what one would expect.
RB Brooks Lennon 5: A strong defensive win with 4 tackles and never losing possession, but only completing two of eight assists and was generally a neglected factor.
CB Miles Robinson 5: Fixed numbers, but as you’ll see below, the team didn’t look organized on set pieces/crosses and as captain and defense chief, that’s now part of Robinson’s job. But Robinson had no chance of blocking either target personally.
CB Alan Franco 4: At first I was very positive about Franco’s performance because of his bottom line, which is undoubtedly impressive. 95% passes, 5/5 long balls, 12 recoveries and 5 interceptions. This stuff is so good and why doesn’t he get 3 or less. Because when you keep an eye on the goals he is at least partially wrong for both (which you naturally assume for the CB playmaker whose team conceded two crosses). In the first goal, he never tried to track him down – instead, he just assumed that whoever was behind him would win the header and not pursue it. In the second goal, when the cross is sent, there are several Montreal players open in the penalty area and none of them are watching. It only stands in the middle. Atlanta is terribly disorganized in this case which should be relatively simple.
Andrew Gutman 5: A very average game from Guttmann who didn’t see much of the ball (only 27 attempted passes) and never seemed to affect the match.
CM Franco Ibarra 5: Strong action stepping in and playing as the number 6 lone player (usually playing alongside another ‘defensive’ midfielder in MLS play). The stats are solid, but, again, look at his position on the second target in the image above.
CM Matthews Rossetto 7: Just excellent. 90% passes, including 8/11 long balls as Santiago Sosa sprayed passes to the wings. Most impressive was his 15 ball recovery – a really huge amount that allowed Atalanta to control the ball he kept throughout the match.
AM: Marcelino Moreno 5: He scored a great goal, no doubt. But he also gave the ball away like crazy, having been denied the ball at his feet four times and losing 9 duels – more than any player in the match.
Am Thiago Almada 6: His skill was on full display, dribbling past players and playing four key passes – more than any player on the field. He also had a very good 9 ball – dropping deeper than the other attacking midfielders to help regain control of the ball. However, he seems to have missed some opportunities to do more. And through thick and thin, Atlanta needs him to play perfectly now, and he hasn’t.
AM Luiz Araujo 3Expectations may play a role here, but he only hit two shots – both from outside the penalty area – and looked tactically lost. He only seemed to want to try to play 1v1 against opponents and didn’t seem flexible in a systematic, cohesive attack.
Ronaldo Cisneros 5: It’s really hard to judge Cisneros because his role is as a poacher, and he didn’t have many opportunities to do that. His 24 touches in a match were the fewest touches he had played in a match for 90 minutes.
There are no ratings for divers Jake Mulraney and Jackson Conway, who came too late.