Atlanta United 4, Montreal 1: Man of the match

My choice for Atlanta United's man of the match from Saturday's 4-1 win against Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:


Why: He scored two goals, both on free kicks. The first came from 20 yards in the 78th minute and the second from 35 yards in the 90+4 minute.

Kratz has scored three goals for Atlanta United, all on free kicks, and all from similar areas.

“It’s like the one last year, once you hit it and it goes off the foot you look up and it’s going over the wall and in,” he said. I’m happy to help the team. We invested a lot today and had to run at them all the time after that 1-0 down. All the guys did a great job to create chances, create these opportunities to score and we are all happy to win.”

Kratz said he works on free kicks every day after practice. Sometimes he will take five. Sometimes he will take 10.

Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush dove to try to stop the first one, but couldn’t get a hand on it as settled into the left corner.

Bush didn’t even move on the second kick, which bounced off the post and in.