My player ratings for Atlanta United from Wednesday’s game against the L.A. Galaxy at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Forced to punch a shot over the crossbar in the sixth minute. ... That's about all he had to do.

Right fullback Anton Walkes, 7: Out after 70 minutes after another solid defensive effort. ... Speedy Emmanuel Boateng was a non-factor.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 8: Combining with Pirez, they handled Gyasi Zardes and Gio dos Santos with little trouble. ... Santos had just one shot on target in the first half.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 8: Back from his one-game suspension because of an accumulation of yellow cards, Pirez was once again a beast...Big block of Gyasi Zardes in the 8th minute. ...Received a yellow card just before the end of the first half. ...

Right fullback Chris McCann, 7: Tested a couple of times by Romain Alessandrini, but  never really troubled.

Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona, 8: Negated any influence Gio dos Santos hoped to have. ... Completed more than 95 percent of his passes.

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 8: Harassed everyone all over the field and made it difficult for the Galaxy to build anything through the middle.

Right midfielder Hector Villalba, 7: Posted his ninth assist on Yamil Asad's second goal. ...

Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, 8: Posted his 13th assist on Asad's second goal. ... Scored his ninth goal in the 43rd minute. ...

Left midfielder Yamil Asad, 10: Notched his 11th assist on Martinez's first goal. ... Scored his fifth goal this season on a strike in the 16th minute. ... Scored his sixth goal a few minutes later. ... Notched his 12th assist on Almiron's goal.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8: Scored his 17th goal to open the scoring. ... Made several runs that troubled The Galaxy's defense. ... He has 17 goals this season and eight in the past four games.


Tyrone Mears (on for Walkes, 70th minute), NR.

Jacob Peterson (on for Martinez, 76th minute), NR.

Brandon Vazquez (on for Miguel Almiron, 78th minute), NR.: Was given a red card a few minutes later for a jumping tackle of Michael Ciania.