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Atlanta United FC sweeps season series with 2-0 conquest of Crew SC

 

Midfielder Ethan Finlay records 100th regular-season start for Crew SC;
Black & Gold host sellout attendance of 20,391, the largest regular-season attendance at MAPFRE Stadium since September 26, 2015



Columbus Crew SC 0 – Atlanta United FC 2
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, July 1, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
ATL – Hector Villalba (Alec Kann) 27’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t4q2Ia]

ATL- Hector Villalba (Unassisted) 64’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t4lphb]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (8-10-1, 25 points):
Columbus Crew SC at Minnesota United FC (TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN)

Tuesday, July 4 (7:00 p.m. ET / My TV Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2uwKv6c


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2sA50gW


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2txw7hh


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2uxlaZY

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER JONATHAN MENSAH: http://bit.ly/2uxlaZY


AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER ARTUR:
http://bit.ly/2uxlaZY


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Kyle Longville
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Attendance: 20,391
Weather: 82 degrees and cloudy

 

GOALS/ASSISTS
ATL – Hector Villalba (Alec Kann) 27’

ATL – Hector Villalba (Unassisted) 64’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 29’
ATL – Alec Kann (caution) 84’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah (Nicolai Naess 77’), Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Ethan Finlay (Kekuta Manneh 61’), Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Adam Jahn 68’); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Hector Jimenez, Alex Crognale, Waylon Francis

Atlanta United FC: Alec Kann; Anton Walkes, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst ©, Greg Garza; Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba (Julian Gressel 64’); Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona, Yamil Asad (Kevin Kratz 90+1’); Josef Martinez (Brandon Vazquez 82’)


Substitutes not used
: Mikey Ambrose, Tyrone Mears, Alex Tambakis, Chris McCann


TEAM NOTES
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In tonight’s match against Atlanta United FC, midfielder Ethan Finlay made his 100th regular-season start for Crew SC in 147 regular-season appearances. Finlay played 61 minutes, creating one chance and performing two tackles. The midfielder is one of only three players on the current roster to have made 100 starts for the Black & Gold, joining Federico Higuain (135 starts) and Justin Meram (120 starts). Additionally, Finlay is one of only four Crew SC players on the current roster to have scored at least 25 regular-season goals for the club. In 2017, Ethan Finlay has made 16 appearances (12 starts), recording one goal and one assist.

Tonight’s match between Crew SC and Atlanta United FC was MAPFRE Stadium’s first sellout of the year, with an announced attendance of 20,391. Tonight’s match also marked the largest attendance at MAPFRE Stadium for a regular-season match since September 26, 2015 when the Black & Gold hosted the Portland Timbers.

Next up, Crew SC travels to Minneapolis to take on Western Conference opponent Minnesota United FC on Tuesday, July 4 at TCF Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m. ET / My TV Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN). This will be the first time the Black & Gold take on the Loons in the regular-season.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM WITH CREW SC DEFENDER JONATHAN MENSAH

61,904 Jonathan Mensah Crew SC On how he would play Atlanta United’s 1st goal different defensively 7 1 2017

61,905 Jonathan Mensah Crew SC The team played fine in spurts but really not crisp defensively 7 1 2017

61,906 Jonathan Mensah Crew SC Was it disappointing as a team to have a lackluster performance at home 7 1 2017

 

Hector Villalba scored both goals for Atlanta United FC

Atlanta United head coach Gerardo Martino said that he was pleased his team shut down Crew SC again and ended a 3-game road losing streak (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME NOTES:

*Crew SC look set to get a big boost to their backline with the news that Ghana international defenders Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah are likely to return to the team after featuring in a friendly for their national team against Mexico on Wednesday. Ghana are set to face the United States on Saturday in another friendly (4:45 pm ET | ESPN, UniMás, UDN), but because it does not fall within the FIFA international match window, Crew SC are not obligated to release their players.

Midfielder Mohammed Abu would remain with the Black Stars for the US friendly.

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  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended next yellow card: None
  • Int’l Duty: Mohammed Abu (Ghana)
  • Injury Report: OUT – Gaston Sauro (left PCL surgery), M Ben Swanson (right ankle surgery), M Niko Hansen (hernia surgery)

*Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Zack Steffen –  Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala – Artur, Wil Trapp – Kekuta Manneh, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram – Ola Kamara

*Columbus have scored in 19 consecutive home games in the regular season. The franchise record is 23, set from July 14, 2014 to August 22, 2015. Crew SC have also scored in 22 consecutive home regular season games on two other occasions.

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Atlanta United

With the return of Josef Martinez to the fold for Atlanta, the Five Stripes are just waiting on two more players to return to full health – forwards Kenwyne Jones and Jacob Peterson. Both will be valuable depth as the wear and tear of the summer starts to take hold, and Atlanta head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino expects to have them back after the Gold Cup break. In the meantime, Martino and his staff will only have to otherwise account for the absence of frequent loanee Romario Williams, who is headed to the Gold Cup with Jamaica.

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  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended next yellow card: None
  • Int’l Duty: Romario Williams (Jamaica)
  • Injury Report: OUT – F Jacob Peterson (right lower leg injury), F Kenwyne Jones (knee inflammation)

*Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Alec Kann – Tyrone Mears, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Greg Garza – Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona – Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Yamil Asad – Josef Martinez

*Josef Martinez is averaging 1.49 goals plus assists per 90 minutes played (seven goals, zero assists). This is the best rate of goals plus assist per 90 minutes amongst the 73 MLS players with at least five combined goals and assists.

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All-Time Series

This is the second all-time meeting between the two sides. Atlanta took the first match-up at home by a 3-1 scoreline on June 17, 2017.

  • Overall: Columbus 0 wins (1 goal) … 1 win (3 goals) … Ties 0
  • At CLB: First meeting.

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Referees

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Kyle Longville
4th Official: Younes Marrakchi

 

GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS