The first assist was a relatively simple cross across the top of the penalty box. It appeared to be going to Josef Martinez until Darlington Nagbe sprinted in as the late runner and hit a right-footed shot into the lower left corner.
The second assist was a world-class pass of some 50 yards, perfectly placed behind New England's back line but in front of goalkeeper Matt Turner. Josef Martinez ran onto the pass and beat Turner.
“Of course, he has that connection with Josef (Martinez),” Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer said. “You saw the chance that Josef got, and in the second half, he got one or two more. They have that feeling, so yeah, he is very important for us. He can score goals also. Against Montreal, he scored an important goal, and now, he has a goal and two assists. I think the numbers do not lie, so he is very important for us.”
The goal was a right-footed shot that bounced off the opposite post and rolled back across and in.
“It felt amazing,” Gressel said. “This is bouncing nicely, I just have to have a kick here. At first, I thought it was going to bounce out. It took forever to go form one post to another side netting. It was a good strike.”
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