March 13, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan clears the ball away from Monterrey forward Rogelio Funes Mori in a Concacaf Champions league quarterfinal match on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/
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Atlanta United 1, Monterrey 0: Player ratings

Doug Roberson’s ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Monterrey in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Atlanta United was eliminated from the competition, 3-1 on aggregate.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Four saves of four shots on target, and the crossbar helped him twice in one sequence in the second half. ... Provided a useful outlet for his defenders

Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Started at centerback in place of the suspended Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. ... Held his own against Aviles Hurtado and Rogelio Funes Mori, neither of whom put a shot on target.

Centerback Miles Robinson, 8: Handled whomever Monterrey ran at him as he continued his solid play this season. ... His ability to win aerial duels is an advantage. ... Will be interesting to watch him in MLS this season.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 7: Earned a yellow for a foul of Miguel Layun that appeared to be a good tackle. ... Later said that CONCACAF refs can get under your skin. ... Had three tackles.

Right wingback Julian Gressel, 7.5: Got up and down his side. ... Put in a great cross in the 54th minute but no one was there to tap it in. ... Led the team with five tackles.

Left wingback Mikey Ambrose, 6: Back on his natural left side after making two starts on the right. ... Didn’t create any chances, wasn’t as tidy with his passing and committed three fouls.

Holding midfielder Eric Remedi, 7: Did well to deny service to Monterrey’s two forward players. ... Got forward when he could. ... Led the team with two chances created.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7.5: Connected with Josef Martinez on Atlanta United’s goal in 77th minute. ... Had a goal disallowed because of a foul by Josef Martinez. ... Frequently got forward while still completing more than 96 percent of his passes.

Midfielder Ezequiel Barco,8: Great pass that split six defenders to find Josef Martinez in the 10th minute. ... Beat his defender in the 20th minute and tried to find Pity Martinez, who couldn’t catch up to the pass. ... Earned a free kick 20 yards away in 20th minute. ... Won another free kick in 50th minute but his take went over the crossbar. ... Worked and worked to try to produce a goal with no end result. ... The man of the match. ... Really played vertically, which is a good sign.

Midfielder Pity Martinez, 5: Struggled to have an impact because of what has to be fatigue. ... Did hit one swerving shot from about 40 yards that was pushed out for a corner. ... Tried another long-range effort later in the half as he continues to try his luck from outside the penalty box. ... Knocked off the ball a few times. ... Made a few errant passes. ... Will be interesting to see if he plays on Sunday or gets a deserved break.

Striker Josef Martinez, 7.5: Didn’t finish a one-on-one in the 10th minute. ... Clearly frustrated as game went on. ... Clapped at a Monterrey defender after he fouled him. ... Finally got another pass he could work with in 77th minute and scored Atlanta United’s goal. ..


Hector Villalba (on for Pity Marttinez, 65), 7: With his entrance Atlanta United changed to a 4-3-3 that sparked the offense.

Kevin Kratz (on for Barco, 76), 6: Worked well with Nagbe in the middle of the pitch.

Florentin Pogba (on for Parkhurst, 76), 5: Made his Atlanta United debut. ... Not tidy with the ball.


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