How badly does Atlanta United miss injured star Josef
The Five Stripes exited the MLS is Back Tournament without scoring a goal. They lost their third 1-0 decision when they fell to the Columbus Crew Tuesday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Atlanta peppered Crew backup goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell with 13 second-half shots -- five on target -- but could not score.
The three losses came after Atlanta United opened the MLS season with a pair of 2-1 wins. Martinez tore his ACL in the season-opening win at expansion Nashville SC. In its final game before the March lockdown, Atlanta United fell to Club America, 3-0, in the Concacaf Champions League.
“This is four games," said Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan. "Something needs to be changed. Conversations need to take place and a different product on the field."
Dutchman Frank de Boer is in his second season in charge of Atlanta United. It also started poorly in 2019, opening with two losses and two losses in league play. It ended up winning the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup and reaching the Eastern Conference final, where it fell to Toronto FC.
“I can change the vibe we have now to a winning vibe," he insisted. "We showed this last season.