The defense has given up five goals in two games since Robinson’s injury May 7.
“There’s going to be a learning process,” Pineda said.
The offense is sparking in part because of a group of healthy players who are able to start each game. Ronaldo Cisneros, Marcelino Moreno, Thiago Almada and Luiz Araujo have combined to score seven of the team’s past eight goals.
Pineda said Moreno’s understanding of when to dribble and when to pass is helping the offense find its form. Pineda said Moreno is learning when he has the ball near midfield, pass it and move higher up the field. When he’s in the opponent’s third, it’s OK to attack.
Moreno has one goal and one assist in the past three league games, and two assists in the U.S. Open Cup loss at Nashville.
“He’s the type of No. 10 or attacking player that likes the weight on his shoulders,” Pineda said. “He wants to show that he is the guy that takes the team and carries the weight.”
A reason the attacking players are feeling free to get up the field is because there has been consistency in the midfield, with Matheus Rossetto and Franco Ibarra forming a good partnership. They have started the past three league games and likely will do so Saturday.
“I think we found some balance,” Pineda said.
Pineda said Ibarra has done a solid job controlling the other team’s best attacking midfielders, a group that includes Montreal’s Djordje Mihailovic, Chicago’s Xherdan Shaqiri and New England’s Carles Gil.
Rossetto is the more cerebral player, looking for pockets of space to take advantage of and then connecting defense to offense.
“I think that partnership is getting better,” he said.
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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 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX
May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 19 vs. Miami, 3 p.m., ESPN2
June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
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, 6 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