Atlanta United defender Julian Gressel (24) tries to maintain control of the ball during an MLS game against at Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
Photo: Branden Camp
Photo: Branden Camp

Columbus 0(3), Atlanta United 0 (1): Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Columbus in a penalty kick shootout in an MLS playoff game against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Several key saves for the fifth consecutive game. ... 

Right fullback: Anton Walkes, 6: Big aerial shoulder tackle in the 56th minute that could have resulted in a penalty kick. ... Finished with five tackles on defense, but didn’t create any chances on offense.

Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 6: Had a few shaky moments, but still helped the team shut out Columbus for 120 minutes. ... Had three tackles and created one chance.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 6: Not great on the ball but strong on defense.

Left fullback: Chris McCann, 6: Hit a nice volley across the goal in the 18th minute but Steffen gathered. ... Followed with a another shot in the 20th minute that was tipped over the bar. ... Massive tackle in the 62nd minute to deny a breakaway. 

Holding midfielder  Carlos Carmona, 7:  Led the team with six tackles on defense and created a chance on offense with a chip to Josef Martinez.

Holding midfielder Julian Gressel, 7:  A few tackles in the first 30 minutes. ... Fantastic cross in the 30th minute that screamed across the goal. ... Took a few long-range shots.

Right midfielder: Hector Villalba, 7: First shot for Atlanta United in the seventh minute probably should have been a cross. ... Denied by Zach Steffen from close range just before the end of the game. ... Created three chances

Attacking midfielder: Miguel Almiron, 7:  Slammed  a 20-yard shot off the cross bar in the 12th minute. ... Worked with Parkurst to track Manneh in the 86th minute and stop a breakaway. ... Created a team-high five chances and had three tackles. ... Faces an interesting offseason that will likely swirl with rumors.

Left midfielder: Yamil Asad, 6: Created a four chances and was his typically tough self on defense. ... Wasn’t the same player on offense in the past five games. ... Will be interesting to see what happens with his loan in the offseason.

Striker Josef Martinez, 6: Caught offsides three times in first 35 minutes. ... Had three shots, none on target. ... Created two chances.


Michael Parkhurst (on for Asad, 68th minute), 7: Worked with Almiron to chase down  Manneh in the 86th minute. ... Huge goal-line clearance to send the game to penalty kicks.

Ty Mears (on for Walkes, 106th minute), NR: 

Mikey Ambrose (on for McCann, 109th minute), NR: 

Jacob Peterson (on for Martinez, 113th minute), NR: 

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