April 20, 2019 Atlanta - Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez (5) heads the ball during MLS soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 20, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Atlanta United’s home field woes continue

Atlanta United has earned a meager two of a possible nine points from three MLS games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Dallas at home.

“We talked about wanting to win and wanting to put on a good performance for our fans,” captain Michael Parkhurst said. “They come here to see us put on a good performance and to win. We want to win. It’s disappointing tonight.”

In a league where winning at home is imperative, the Five Stripes are quickly losing opportunities to, at the very least, keep pace with their competitors in the MLS East. The team is tied with NYCFC with five points for last place in the MLS East heading into Sunday’s game.

Even with a crowd of more than 43,000 and more than 20 shots on goal, Atlanta United again failed to secure three points at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Can’t get them back,” Parkhurst said of the points. “They are lost. But you have to learn from it and you have to play better. Opportunities can pass you by quickly. That was one that just passed us by. Another home game next week and it’s important one.”

Atlanta United will host Colorado on April 27. After that, two of its next six games will be at home.

The Five Stripes were one of the best teams in MLS at home last season, going 11-2-4. It already has half the losses and ties from its first three games as it accumulated in 17 last year in winning the MLS Cup.

“We want to take advantage,” Parkhurst said. “We want to put that fear back in teams when they come into Mercedes-Benz to play us. Right now it’s not there.”

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