“We just need to jell a few more games to really see what these attacking four can produce,” Pineda said.
Pineda said Almada’s rhythm was off. It was his first game since serving a three-game suspension after receiving a red card against Columbus on May 28.
Moreno was asked to make runs behind NYCFC’s defense, which weren’t consistently successful because he said the proper ball wasn’t hit to him. But Pineda said he was glad that Moreno tried to execute the tactics.
As for Martinez and Araujo, Pineda said they are going to connect very well.
And if help is needed, Ronaldo Cisneros and Dom Dwyer can come off the bench. They combined to score the tying goal against NYCFC in the 86th minute. It was Dwyer’s fourth goal in a league game for the team and Cisneros’ first assist.
“I feel like I have enough attacking power,” Pineda said. “It’s whether we are a bit more solid defensively, and we can keep a couple more clean sheets, and then we’re gonna get points for sure.”
Cisneros said he thinks the team’s offense is capable of “important things.”
“Our goal is to get into the playoffs and then to be able to compete for the title,” he said. “So you named a lot of really good players, but I think it’s the whole squad. It’s every guy. We know that when it’s their moment and they’re called on, that they’re capable. So that’s how we feel, you know, that we have a good group and we’re all competing for spots on this team, but everyone is here to help the group, and that’s the sensation that we all have.”
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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule
Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1
March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0
March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1
March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3
April 2 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0
April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0
April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0
April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1
April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1
May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1
May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2
May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1
June 19 Atlanta United 2, Miami 0
June 25 Toronto 2, Atlanta United 1
June 30 New York Red Bulls 2, Atlanta United 1
July 3 Atlanta United 2, NYCFC 2
July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC
July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1
July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1
Aug. 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV
Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1
Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX
Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE