Atlanta United beaten again by D.C. United

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Atlanta United, the league’s highest-scoring team with 31 goals, faced D.C. United, the lowest-scoring team with 10, on Wednesday at the home held together by duct tape, hope and possibly stifling humidity, RFK Stadium.

Despite playing a team that had just two wins its previous eight home games, and an anemic offense, Atlanta United succumbed 2-1 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score because D.C. United couldn’t finish several chances. Atlanta United had a few looks in the final minutes, but only one could have been considered a missed opportunity.

It was the second time this season Atlanta United (6-7-3) has lost to what is arguably the worst team in the MLS this season, and it can be argued that the Five Stripes haven’t dropped just six points, but instead have dropped 12 because other teams are beating D.C. United (5-8-3).

Julian Gressel's goal to open the scoring in the 17th minute was offset by a mistake from Alec Kann that led to Luciano Acosta's tying goal in the 23rd minute, and the winning goal by Patrick Nyarko, who had already come close at least two times earlier in the game.

D.C. United put in cross after cross into Atlanta United’s penalty box throughout the game with players consistently finding space to exploit.

The loss snapped Atlanta United’s two-game winning streak in all competitions. They will host Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.