NYCFC 3, Atlanta United 1: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following Sunday’s 3-1 loss at NYCFC:

Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 6: Huge kick save in the opening minutes to keep the game scoreless. … Had a good dive and strong left hand to knock away a shot in the opening minutes of second half. … Really not much he could once again on any of the goals.

Right fullback Tyrone Mears, 4: Had a goal-line clearance to open the second half. … Picked up a yellow card later in the second half. … Not able to get involved in the offense. Had two tackles, conceded two fouls.

Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst, 3: He and Pirez haven't looked in synch the past two games. NYCFC didn't have much trouble getting through the defense with one-touch passes. … The team came out flat in the second half for the second consecutive game.

Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 4: He had issues trying to keep up with Jack Harrison in the first half. … Had a goal-line clearance to open the second half.

Left fullback Greg Garza, 4: I've written this a few times this season, but here goes again: Garza is technically gifted but too often loses the ball trying to use those gifts. It happened several times against NYCFC. He tried to get involved in the offense, but it just wasn't happening.

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 4: Though he was one of a handful of players who could be considered guilty for David Villa's first goal, he also made several interceptions.

Midfielder Carlos Carmona, 5: He scored his first goal for Atlanta United with a volley in the first half.

Attacking midfielder Julian Gressel, 5: After a decent start, he picked up a silly yellow card in the 34th minute for a late challenge.

Right midfielder Hector Villalba, 3: Other than a shot that sailed just wide, he was ineffective in the first half and invisible in the game

Left midfielder Miguel Almiron, 5: He's so fast, and so clever, but also so one-footed (his left), something that other teams have recognized and are using to their advantage by forcing him to move to his right. He completed just 68.8 percent of his passes, not nearly high enough to influence the game.

Striker Kenwyne Jones, 4: A more generous scorer may have given Jones an assist on Carmona's goal. The big man occupied two defenders on a throw-in, causing enough trouble in the penalty box to help the ball bounce to Carmona. … He had a headed shot in the second half saved by Sean Johnson.


Midfielder Chris McCann (on for Gressel, 58th minute), 5: In his first chance to make an impact during the regular season, he didn't get a chance .

Forward Brandon Vazquez (on for Larentowicz, 83rd minute): No rating. Not enough time.

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