Right wingback Franco Escobar, 8: A great, lung-busting run down the right led to him being taken down in the penalty box for Atlanta United's first goal ... Double error just before halftime by giving away a free kick with a reckless tackle, and then failing to mark Maxime Chanot, who scored NYCFC's opening goal off that free kick. ... But those were his only mistakes. ... Finished with a team-high six tackles and won three fouls. ... Fun watching him gallop up and down the flanks with his long strides.
Left wingback Greg Garza, 7: His speed and passing ability keeps opposing fullbacks and midfielders pegged back just a bit, which was again the case on Sunday. ...
Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 8.5: Man of the match in the series. ... Assisted on Martinez's second goal with a beautiful pass. ... Again frustrated Maxi Moralez by practically marking him out of the game. ... Finished with five tackles, won two fouls and completed almost 90 percent of his passes.
Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7.5: Fantastic pass into space led to the penalty against Escobar and Atlanta United's first goal. ... Worked hard on defense and offense and still completed more than 92 percent of his passes, while also winning three fouls. ... Really played well in the series.
Attacking midfielder Julian Gressel, 7.5: A quiet game, but that was OK because he did what was needed to frustrate NYCFC on defense, and served as an outlet on offense.
Striker Miguel Almiron, 8.5: Another tireless effort. ... Earned a free kick in the 24th minute and then scored on that free kick in the 25th minute to give Atlanta United a 2-0 lead. ... Missed a one-on-one chance in the second half. ... Earned at least three yellow cards against NYCFC defenders. ... Put NYCFC on its heels time after time because there may be no sight in MLS more frightening than Almiron turning with the ball and facing the opposing goal.
Striker Josef Martinez, 9: Gave his team a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick, his ninth this season. ... Added his second goal in the 83rd minute to give Atlanta United a 3-1 lead.
Ezequiel Barco (on for Almiron, 84th minute), NR:
Hector Villalba (on for Martinez, 86th minute), NR:
Kevin Kratz (on for Nagbe, 89th minute), NR: