Atlanta United wins fifth consecutive game with another shutout

“I’m very proud of the team because it’s along trip, short period between the two legs,” Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer said.

First, captain Michael Parkhurst and midfielder Darlington Nagbe , who is having a terrific season, were both left in Atlanta to rest ahead of Sunday’s game at the New York Red Bulls.

De Boer said the team wanted to rest its legs so it decided to not press, compress the middle of the field and pick its moments to attack.

After an extremely sloppy opening with neither team able to string passes together or put a shot on goal, Atlanta United took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Josef Martinez.

Atlanta United had three chances in the 59th minute to take a 2-0 lead but Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau made three solid stops.

Vancouver raced down the field on the counterattack, but Guzan came out of his box to close the angle and got a hand on the ball as Fredy Montero streaked toward the goal.

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