Atlanta United created a season-high
21 chances in open play against D.C. United
. For the season, it is fifth in MLS in chances created from open play (70) and second in the league in goals scored (18).
That the team is creating chances is why Jones said he wasn’t worried.
“The time you have to worry is when you aren’t creating chances and can’t break a team down,” he said.
And neither Jones nor Parkhurst expressed any concern that failing to score is a trend that will affect the team throughout the season.
“We are definitely not in a crisis,” Jones said. “Only way it could be like this is we aren’t focused and keep letting this happen time and time and time again for it to become habit.”
After a day off Monday, the team resumed training for Sunday’s game against NYCFC (4-3-1) in Yankee Stadium. It is the first of two consecutive road games that ends with a trip to play Portland (5-2-2), arguably the best team in MLS.
Jones said there will be no hangover from Sunday’s loss.
“We aren’t going to sit on this and keep remembering this. It’s already gone,” he said. “We will tighten up and believe in what we do all the time.”