Atlanta United are in their own head

Dukes & Bell
March 11, 2019 - 3:18 pm

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Atlanta United Analyst Jason Longshore joined Dukes & Bell to discuss the team’s struggles to start the season as they’re coming off a loss to Monterrey followed by a draw in their home opener to expansion team FC Cincinnati.

Longshore was honest in his assessment in United's play on Sunday.

“Sloppy, 100 percent,” Longshore said. “I think that’s from tired legs, I really do. I think this team is in it’s own head a little bit. Sometimes, to open things up, you have to play a long ball and, right now, it feels like it’s trying to play too safe.”

When asked how the club can recapture the magic that Almiron brought to the pitch, Longshore admits he isn't sure.

“Not sure what the option is there. Miguel Almiron is a special player, and what they had in 2017 was speed. You could play over the top and let them play,” Longshore said. “You don’t have that right now. That’s not Pity Martinez or Barco’s game. They want to control the ball, and that’s not what we associate with Atlanta United.”

Jason, who was on the call for yesterday's match alongside play-by-play voice Mike Conti, said the team seemingly took a step back in the first home match of the season.

“Right now it’s not working. Yesterday was the worst match we’ve seen so far. It was a step back,” Longshore said. “The 3-4-3 isn’t the issue. We get hung up on formations but that doesn’t define the tactics or the philosophy. When you’re not penetrating it doesn’t matter the formation if you’re not creating chances.”