Jeff Larentowicz.

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following Saturday’s 1-0 win against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium:

Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 8: Punched away a corner in the first minute. … Came off his line for a big block to deny Josh Gatt in the 40th minute. … Saved a point-blank header in the game’s final second. … Team would have lost if not his two big saves. … Rebound performance after Wednesday’s loss.

Right fullback Anton Walkes, 6: making his first MLS start this season, and not playing his natural position as a centerhalf, Walkes handled challenges down his side early, and got involved in the offense as well. … Finished with two tackles, created two chances and completed almost 75 percent of his passes.

Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst, 6: Part of a defense that kept a clean sheet, but could be considered at fault for Gatt’s opportunity.

Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 6: Got into the box in the 56th minute and almost led to a goal. … Led the team with 96 touches, and completed almost 85 percent of his passes. …

Right fullback Greg Garza, 7: Good work down the right in the 28th minute to get a cross into Martinez. … Three tackles and two chances created.

Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona, 6: Lucky to avoid a yellow card in the ninth minute after a late tackle. … Completed more than 90 percent of his passes.

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 6: Give away in the 14th minute to Kevin Doyle, but hustled over and blocked the shot. … Just keeps plugging along game after game, bringing energy and leadership. … Completed 90 percent of his passes.

Right midfielder Hector Villalba, 6: Nice bit of skill in the 14th minute with a volley that said a few feet over the cross bar. … Tracked back to help Walkes on the right. … Had another good chance in the 36th minute that was blocked.

Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, 7: Very quiet first half in which he had 31 chances, tied for second fewest on the team. … Became more involved in second half with several quality passes/crosses. … Excellent cross in the 85th minute just missed by a diving Brandon Vazquez. … Twice came close to scoring in the final minutes. …

Left midfielder Yamil Asad, 6: Worked hard with what energy he had, but didn’t impact this game like he has others at home recently. … Tried to dribble out of his own half, lost the ball, and that led to a shot that hit off the bar.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8: Not many chances early, missed a header on a Garza cross in the 28th minute. … Shot right at Tim Howard to open the second half. … Header in the 52nd minute bounced over the crossbar. … Bicycle kick saved by Howard in the 65th minute. … Scored in the 67th minute.


Brandon Vazquez (on for Villalba, 64th minute), 6: Notched his first assist on Martinez’s goal.

Julian Gressel (on for Martinez, 80th minute), NR.

Kevin Kratz (on for ASad, 88th minute), 5. Kratz failed to block out Bismark Boateng on that last-second shot.

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