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

Atlanta United 3, Minnesota 0: Player ratings

Doug Roberson’s ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Minnesota United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8.5: Finished with three saves, all of which came in one 10-second sequence in the second half. ... Strong against crosses in the box.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 8: Scored his first goal this season to give Atlanta United a 1-0 lead. ... Had three tackles. ... Minnesota did nothing down his side.

Centerback Miles Robinson, 8: Some good work earlier was followed by a harsh tackle and yellow card in 29th minute. ... Finished with four tackles. ... Abu Danladi and Darwin Quintero were both subbed off

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 9: Bloody head and all, Gonzalez Pirez had one of his better games this season, with four tackles, six fouls won and a shot on goal. ...

Left fullback Michael Parkhurst, 8: The captain helped Atlanta United to its seventh shutout in just its 14th game. ... Created two chances and had three tackles.

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 8: Playing close to Julian Gressel, he looked much better than he did in last week’s loss at Real Salt Lake. ... Completed more than 93 percent of his passes and buzzed around stifling any Minnesota’s counters.

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7.5: This may sound odd, but when Nagbe is able to just focus on defense he is fantastic. ... He tracked back time after time, finishing with three tackles while still completing 97 percent of his passes.

Wide midfielder Pity Martinez, 6: Starting on the right, he hit a few nice passes early, including one to the end line to Gressel in the 37th minute. ... Finished with two shots, one on target. Had one tackle.

Wide midfielder Dion Pereira, 8.5: Making his second consecutive start, he beat his man in the fifth minute and put in a good cross to Josef Martinez. ... Beat his man and put in another cross later in the half. ... Kept beating his man in the second half. ... Really aggressive, smart performance that will likely see him start again on Saturday. ... Created a team-high four chances. ... If not for Josef Martinez’s two late goals, he would have been man of the match.

Attacking midfielder Julian Gressel, 8: Starting in the middle, he notched his third assist this season on Josef Martinez’s first goal. ... Had four shots, two on target, three tackles and completed 74 percent of his passes.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8.5: A good sign that he had two shots in first five minutes. ... Scored his team-leading seventh goal for a the 2-0 margin. ... Notched a third after the ball fell right to him. ... Took six shots.


Flo Pogba (on for Pity Martinez, 80th), NR.

Brek Shea (on for Parkhurst, 89th), NR.

Jeff Larentowicz (on for Gressel, 90+3), NR.


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