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Blowout of all blowouts: Atlanta United-New England (7-0)
by Paul Kennedy, September 14th, 2017 12:53AM
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TAGS:  atlanta united, mls, new england revolution


Expansion Atlanta United tied an MLS record for the largest margin of victory with a 7-0 win over New England Revolution in its second game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But it set a league record as it held the Revs without a shot over 90 minutes, the first time that's happened.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta United FC

A first-half hat trick from Josef Martinez (photo), including the fastest goal in Atlanta United history (74 seconds), was followed by goals from Anton Walkes, Kevin Kratz, Yamil Asad and Tito Villalba.

When Martinez had completed his hat trick in the 38th minutes, giving him 13 goals in 13 games, the Revs had been reduced to nine players following straight red cards to Xavier Kouassi and Antonio Milnar Delamea -- both on Video Review.

The game was the second at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and drew a crowd of 42,511. The MBS turf got the better of the Revs' Teal Bunbury, who tumbled to the ground with no one on him, leading to a turnover that produced Atlanta's sixth goal scored by Yamil Asad.

Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino: “Forgive me for sounding boring but I am going to repeat that we played a large part of the game up two players. I do want to say that I respect how our team played after that but that had a big impact.”

  1. Ben Myers
    commented on: September 14, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.
    Swan song for Jay Heaps? I know that the Krafts show some loyalty to ex-players and ex-coaches (e.g. Paul Mariner's ghastly color(?) commentary on Revs telecasts), but, because of either coaching or acquisition of inferior players, the Revs have been slip-sliding down the table for several years. Also, I am sure that the Kraft's minds and checkbook are always distracted by attention to their beloved Patriots. The Revs are an unexciting and mediocre team to watch.
  1. Alan Gay
    commented on: September 15, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
    I attended the game and thought at the time both red cards were perhaps a bit harsh. However, now having watched the replay, it's pretty clear the Revs' entire game plan was to brutalize Atlanta's attacking players as much as they could get away with and hope something fell their way. The center ref appeared to be correctly on to them from the start, so if it looks like he was making a statement, perhaps he was. First time I've seen a Heaps-coached team, but if this cynical approach is all he has, good riddance.

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