August 27, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez gets past Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall for a shot that went in the goal but was ruled off sides in the final for the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/
Photo: Compton
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Atlanta United 2, Minnesota 1: Player ratings

Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rates Atlanta United’s players after Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Minnesota in the U.S. Open Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Not much he can do on the first goal. ... Finished with three saves.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 4: His cross created Atlanta United’s opening goal. ... Picked up two yellow cards, neither of them necessary, in a span of three minutes to reduce his team to 10 men for the final 17 minutes.

Centerback Miles Robinson, 7.5: Another strong game, helping to keep Kevin Molino from having a big influence. ... Will be interesting to see if he gets called up to the U.S. men’s national team for its September camp when rosters are announced Wednesday.

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Centerback Flo Pogba, 7: Solid game with four tackles and crisp and accurate passing. ... Got caught watching on the first goal, but it was an excellent play by the Loons. ... Second on the team with four tackles.

Right wingback Julian Gressel, 7: Finished with just one chance created, but pushed through on tired legs. ... Couple of potential assists were lost because of wastefulness by teammates. ... led the team with six tackles.

Left wingback Justin Meram, 7.5: Earned an assist on Pity Martinez’s goal. ... Gave the Loons trouble down the left and finished with a team-high two chances created.

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 7: For the most part, won his duels with Robin Lod and Ozzie Alonso. ... Was tidy on the ball.

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7.5: Definitely worked with Barco and P. Martinez to give Alonso all sorts of issues. Had troubles with Jan Gregus, who created six chances.

Attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco, 7: Ran himself into the ground and was frequently battered by Minnesota’s bigger players. ... Two shots, two on goal and one chance created.

Striker Pity Martinez, 8: His pass to Gonzalez Pirez led to the first goal. ... He scored the second goal for a 2-0 lead. ... Finished with three tackles.

Striker Josef Martinez, 7: Just one shot on goal. ... Missed at least one more. ... Connected well with his teammates in the build-up play, just couldn’t get on the end of anything to finish a chance.


Emerson Hyndman (on for Barco, 69), 6:

Franco Escobar (on for P. Martinez, 76), 6:

Jeff Larentowicz (on for Gressel, 85), NR:



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