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Atlanta United 1-2 RBNY player ratings: Lewis Morgan dashes Five Stripes' Playoff hopes

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Atlanta United’s MLS Cup Playoffs hopes took a huge hit as they fell 2-1 at home to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday evening.

With the Eastern Conference tightly packed, the Five Stripes went into this match knowing only a victory would do. However, after a fast start, Atlanta quickly crumbled, conceding two goals in four minutes to leave themselves with a mountain to climb.

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First, Scotland international Lewis Morgan applied a clinical finish to a sweeping Red Bulls move on the right in the 11th minute – the same number of goals Morgan has scored so far this MLS campaign.

And just four minutes later, John Tolkin’s cross into the box evaded everybody and found its way underneath goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo to hit the back of the net. An offside flag was initially raised as RBNY striker Patryk Klimala appeared to interfere, but a lengthy VAR review showed that he was in an onside position.

The Red Bulls continued to prey on Atlanta United throughout the first half but couldn’t find another goal, while the hosts showed some life after the break with a change of shape and personnel.

However, it took until the final minute of the match for the Five Stripes to finally find a way through, with Josef Martinez finishing inside the box to take his MLS tally to 100 goals in 150 appearances – the fastest player in league history to reach a century.

It’ll be little consolation to Martinez or Atlanta United, who remain 13th in the East after 25 games and with little hope now of making the post-season. As for RBNY, they’re on 40 points and are beginning to look safe in the Playoff spots.

Here are the full player ratings from Wednesday’s clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


GK: Rocco Rios Novo – 6/10 – Didn’t cover himself in glory on the second goal but made up for it with some big saves to keep Atlanta United alive.

RB: Ronald Hernandez – 4/10 – Off the pace and an obvious candidate to be replaced at half-time.

CB: Juan Jose Purata – 6/10 – One of the few Atlanta United players who came anywhere close to decent.

CB: Alan Franco – 6/10 – Similar to his defensive partner. Both were left too exposed.

LB: Caleb Wiley – 5/10 – Offered little offensively and had a mixed night at the other end.

CM: Santiago Sosa – 5/10 – Had a thankless task trying to hold down the midfield basically on his own. Overrun.

CM: Marcelino Moreno – 3/10 – Offered very little in attack, the odd nice pass aside. Left Sosa to battle the constant RBNY onslaught.

RW: Ronaldo Cisneros – 4/10 – Neat and tidy but didn’t test the Red Bulls’ defense anywhere near enough.

CAM: Thiago Almada – 7/10 – Created a few openings but didn’t have much help from those around him. Did well on the Atlanta United goal.

LW: Luiz Araujo – 5/10 – Tried to take the game to RBNY but ran down too many dead ends. Provided the assist for the late consolation.


ST: Josef Martinez – 5/10 – A couple of half-chances aside, barely got involved until the final moment when he grabbed his 100th MLS goal.

SUB: Andrew Gutman (46′, for Moreno) – 6/10 – Added a little more life to Atlanta United. Missing the final ball.

SUB: Brooks Lennon (46′, for Hernandez) – 5/10 – Couldn’t find his mark with his crosses.

SUB: Dom Dwyer (64′, for Cisneros) – 6/10 – Certainly asked more questions of the RBNY defense but needed better service.

SUB: Edwin Mosquera (64′, for Wiley) – 4/10 – Didn’t have the desired effect.

SUB: Amar Sejdic (85′, for Sosa) – N/A – No time to get involved.

GK: Carlos Coronel – 7/10 – Wasn’t too busy but did what he had to well enough.

RB: Kyle Duncan – 8/10 – Completely dominant down the right flank at both ends of the field.

CB: Sean Nealis – 7/10 – Barely tested, steady.

CB: Aaron Long – 7/10 – As above. Rested near the end.


LB: John Tolkin – 8/10 – Grabbed the second goal, which was slightly fortunate, but Tolkin made his own luck with a great performance.

CM: Daniel Edelman – 8/10 – The teenager looked every inch an MLS player. Made some great forward runs and never let Atlanta settle into the game.

CM: Dru Yearwood – 8/10 – Was a powerhouse in the first half, breaking up Atlanta attacks and driving the ball forward. Forced out early in the second half with an injury.

RW: Lewis Morgan – 9/10 – Excellent finish to open the scoring with his 11th goal of the 2022 MLS season. A constant threat on the break and had Atlanta United on the backfoot all evening.

CAM: Cristian Casseres Jr – 8/10 – Two assists as part of a creative masterclass.

LW: Luquinhas – 7/10 – Was the quietest of RBNY’s forward line but still had his moments.

ST: Patryk Klimala – 7/10 – Wasteful in front of goal again but brought others into play and put some serious miles on the clock.

SUB: Andres Reyes (53′, for Yearwood) – 6/10 – Had an easy night, but got the job done.

SUB: Cameron Harper (68′, for Luquinhas) – 6/10 – A couple of bright moments but didn’t really affect the game.

SUB: Dylan Nealis (81′, for Long) – N/A – Had next to nothing to do.

SUB: Tom Barlow (81′, for Klimala) – N/A – As above.


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Collingwood star Brodie Grundy has been urged to renegotiate his monster contract if he wants to remain at the club beyond this season.

Grundy has been left in an awkward position this year, sidelined with a knee injury at first before suffering an ankle injury in his comeback attempt which ended his season as the Magpies rocketed up the ladder into the top four.

Despite the 28-year-old being signed through until the end of the 2027 season, his name has consistently been thrown up in trade rumours, with the club reportedly keen to offload his hefty seven-year, $7 million deal signed at the end of 2019.

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Grundy is understood to be keen on remaining at Collingwood where he shares close ties with a number of teammates. But according to The Age’s Caroline Wilson, to stay a Magpie, he will have to sacrifice.

“If he really wants to stay at Collingwood, he’s narrowed his options, he’s got to take a pay cut. They’ve got to sit down, the two parties,” she told Nine’s Footy Classified.

“I know they offered him a ridiculous amount of money at the time, and at the time it seemed worth it, but both parties have to come to the table here.

“He hasn’t been able to deliver on the money.”


Wilson’s suggestion was rubbished by The Age’s Sam McClure.

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“That’s ridiculous, Caro,” he said in response.

“Why would Brodie Grundy walk away from one cent of the money that he was promised because Collingwood mismanaged the salary cap?”

McClure was backed up by Essendon great Matthew Lloyd, who said Grundy would either remain at Collingwood or play at another club for the “full amount” of his deal rather than taking a pay cut.

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Liverpool are struggling with injuries, particularly to senior midfielders and that has prompted Jurgen Klopp to reassess his summer transfer business.

Thiago, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined through injury and that has forced the Reds to make a major transfer U-turn.

Despite being adamant his side does not need to delve back into the transfer market in search of a new midfielder, Klopp recently admitted he has changed his mind.

“We are looking for it,” Klopp told reporters, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“If it is the right player, we need him. If it is not the right player, we don’t need him.”

However, given the fact the summer window closes in just over 24 hours, Liverpool are facing a race against time when it comes to the possibility of adding a new player to their squad.

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Providing an update on the club’s efforts, leading transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who writes exclusively for CaughtOffside via Substack, said: “The club do not want to sign just any player for the sake of it, so they are still putting in a lot of work trying to identify the right kind of player.

“However, even though they’re continuing to do their research, at the moment, there are no easy options.”

Two players who have been heavily linked with moves to Anfield have been RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer and Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella, but Romano has now ruled out deals for both midfielders.

“Konrad Laimer was appreciated but RB Leipzig will not let him leave now, so Liverpool will have to explore other names from now until tomorrow night’s deadline,” the Italian added.

“I know a lot of you want to know if Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella is an option, but unfortunately, he is not. There is no chance for the Italian to move to Anfield this summer.”

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