“I want 11 men who work hard, not 10 or 9 or 8 men. Everybody has to work, especially in these types of games. These are very difficult games. We had to win those duels.”
With Martinez on the bench, the middle of the pitch opened and Darlington Nagbe began to exploit the space in sparking Atlanta United’s offense with several runs into the penalty box.
Vazquez also worked hard to win duels so that his teammates could get up the field.
De Boer said he thought Martinez would play a bigger role in the game because in the two teams’ first meetings Martinez put himself into position to do so, even if “he didn’t make the best choices, but he’s the player you want to have the ball in the area.”
Atlanta United will host St. Louis in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday and then will play at Seattle on July 14.
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