Atlanta United continued their impressive start to the MLS season equalling their 2017 campaign’s four wins on the road in just eleven games.
They moved back into the top spot in the MLS Supporters’ Shield race with a 2-1 win at Orlando City, to end the hottest team in MLS’ six-game winning streak.
“It’s very important, especially in a league where winning on the road is so difficult,” said Atlanta United coach Tata Martino.
“I think it’s really important and I think we’re deserving of it, and even more so coming off of a loss at home on Wednesday.”
Greg Garza drew the penalty in the ninth minute to set up Josef Martinez who scored his eighth goal of the season from the spot.
Ezequiel Barco scored the 2nd in the 31st minute after connecting with Garza for a give-and-go that Barco finished with a rising shot that glanced underneath the crossbar.
This was 19-year-old Barca’s 2nd goal in the past three games, his confidence clearly growing with each game.
Though Justin Meram pulled a goal back for Orlando in the second half, Atlanta saw out their victory to move four points clear at the top.
“Yeah every time I feel better,” said Barco after he scored the eventual game-winner Sunday night.
“It’s important for us to keep getting these points to stay up at the top of the table and just to keep getting better.
“I think the team, we’re getting better as whole. Wednesday’s game [against SKC] was tough, especially playing down a man, but the most important thing for us is to keep trying to improve and get better.”
Alec Kann started his first game of the season as he stood in for Brad Kruzan in goal after the No.1 goalie was given a red-card suspension from their previous game.