The first goal started because of a turnover by fullback Mikey Ambrose and finished with Franco Escobar getting spun by Royer.
The third happened when no one picked up Wright-Phillips, who was standing between Atlanta United defenders 18 yards from goal when he ran onto a perfect pass.
Manager Frank de Boer didn’t blame any one player for not doing their job, but he did recognize it as a poor defensive effort.
“You cannot blame the defenders, it’s the whole team,” de Boer said. “It’s all a team effort, and we have to understand that. We have quality enough to not concede so many goals.”
Atlanta United has given up 12 goals in its last four games. That total is more than the amount of goals it allowed in its first 15 games when it was considered to have one of the league’s best defenses.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan said it's frustrating. The team struggled defensively in the first part of the season in Champions League and its first league games and dropped games and drew others.
"We're not going to win many games playing like that," Guzan said. "To a certain extent, it feels like the beginning of the season. We have to make sure we get back to playing strong defensively and allow players like Josef Martinez to go and win us the game."