Atlanta United hosted Chicago in an MLS game on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Atlanta United)

Atlanta United 2, Chicago 0: Player ratings

Doug Roberson’s ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 2-0 win against Chicago at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Three saves in leading the team to its eighth shutout.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7: Combined well with Pity Martinez on Atlanta United’s opening goal for his second assist this season. ... Given yellow card in 33rd minute for a hard tackle of Aleksandar Katai. ... 

Centerback Miles Robinson, 8: The only obvious mistake he made he cleaned up in yet another solid performance. ... Finished with three tackles and won a few aerial duels.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 8: Taking a page from Michael Parkhurst, Gonzalez Pirez read the game so well he didn’t need to make a tackle while easily dealing with CJ Sapong, who had just one shot.

Left fullback Michael Parkhurst, 7.5: Got involved in the attack early in the half and then, after the early goal, didn’t need to get forward too much more. ... Solid on defense as Chicago pushed for an equalizer.

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 8: Great game with more than 95 percent of his passes completed and was as involved on offense as defense.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7.5: A typical Nagbe game: two tackles, one chance created and 94 percent of his passes completed.

Left midfielder Dion Pereira, 6: Didn’t have the impact he had in Wednesday’s win against Minnesota, but that’s because he didn’t get as many opportunities. ... Earned his first MLS assist on Josef Martinez’s second goal.

Central midfielder Julian Gressel, 7: Once again playing in the middle of the formation, he wasn’t as influential as he was against Minnesota, but still played well with one shot and one chance created.

Right midfielder Pity Martinez, 7.5: His best overall game for Atlanta United. ... Notched his second assist this season on Josef Martinez’s first goal. ... Tracked back deep into his team’s half and got possession to  and help break Chicago’s press in the 26th minute. ... Forced two saves with two good shots in the first half, the second of which came after he forced a turnover. ... Still needs to clean up his passes because he gave away too many balls.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8.5: Scored his team-leading ninth goal in the 12th minute. ... Scored his 10th goal after a long run in the 43rd minute. ... It’s his 15th multi-goal game with Atlanta United. ... Those goals came on his only shots.


Brek Shea (on for Pereira, 55), 6: Earned a shot on goal and then forced a foul 35 yards from goal a few minutes later.

Jeff Larentowicz (on for Gressel, 72), 6: His 405th regular season appearance in MLS. ...

Justin Meram (on for P. Martinez, 80), NR: 


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Doug Roberson
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Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.