Atlanta United and Sporting KC played on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. (Atlanta United)
Photo: Steve Sanders
Photo: Steve Sanders

Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 0: Player ratings

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Played some interesting passes out of the back to start attempts to break Sporting KC’s press. ... Made a reflect, finger-tip save around the 60th minute. ... Finished with three saves.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 6: Stayed involved in the attack. ... Three tackles and one chance created.

Centerback Miles Robinson, 7: Took a blast to the face in the 45th minute. ... Got forward in the second half and put a shot on goal. ... Stopped a potential Sporting KC goal by putting a foot in at the right time in the 69th minute. ... Finished with two shots on goal. 

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 7: Couple of turnovers early when he tried to get involved in the attack. ... Overall, 95 touches and completed almost 90 percent of his passes.

Left fullback Michael Parkhurst, 7.5: Making his first start at left fullback in, well, forever, he got involved in the attack. ... Handled Johnny Russell very well, holding him to just one shot

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 7: Back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench last week, he was tidy in possession and made good choices with his passes.

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 8: His pass to Ezequiel Barco started the sequence that led to Atlanta United’s opening goal. ... So tidy with the ball, sometimes breaking the press with a shoulder shimmy.

Wide midfielder Julian Gressel, 7: Made runs down the right, into the center and all the way to the left. ... Two chances created.

Wide midfielder Pity Martinez, 6: Some positive plays and some head-scratchers, but overall a good game.

Attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco, 8.5: His shot led to Josef Martinez’s first goal. ... He scored Atlanta United’s second goal, his fourth, just after the start of the second half with a tidy piece of skill to create the space for the shot. ... Just missed a curling effort a few minutes later. ... Finished six shots, three on goal and five chances created while completing 85 percent of his passes.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8: Gave Atlanta United a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. ... And then scored his second in the 76th minute. ... Tied with Barco for team lead with four goals.


Jeff Larentowicz (on for Remedi, 71), 6: Did the job.

Hector Villalba (on for Pity Martinez, 71), 6: Did the job.

Brek Shea (on for Josef Martinez, 81), 6: Did the job.


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Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.