Right wingback Julian Gressel, 8: Set a new team record for assists (29)when he picked up the MLS secondary assist on Pity Martinez's game-winner. … Created four chances overall. …
Left wingback Justin Meram, 7: Thought he struggled a bit early by staying on the ball too much in the first half, but improved in the second half with quicker passes and movement. … Didn't create any chances but had had two shots. … Also handled his defensive responsibilities, which de Boer said he spoke to him about on Saturday.
Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 7.5: Did a solid job tracking Luciano Acosta, who has single-handedly defeated Atlanta United in past games. Acosta finished with two chances created.
Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 8: Atlanta United is a different team when Nagbe attacks up the field and he did that most of Sunday, starting with two vertical runs in the first half and finishing with his run and assist on Pity Martine'z winner. … Created four chances.
Attacking midfielder Emerson Hyndman, 7: Really coming into his own really quickly in the center of the pitch for Atlanta United. … Filled the stat shat with two shots, one chance created and two tackles. … Keeps finding good pockets of space.
Striker Brandon Vazquez, 6.5: Good combo work with Josef Martinez early, but he struggled in that area after that. ... Tried to track back and press D.C. … Won more than 50 percent of his 12 duels, which was noted by de Boer after the game. … Took one shot and created one chance.
Striker Josef Martinez, 7: Scored the second goal, the seventh consecutive league game in which he has scored. … Missed a penalty kick when he skied it over the crossbar in the second half. It was just his second PK miss in 15 attempts during the MLS regular season … Was foiled by Bill Hamid three other times.
Pity Martinez (on for Vazquez, 65), 8: Told to hang around the penalty box and tried to create with Josef Martinez, Pity Martinez scored the game-winner when he crashed the goal to head in Nagbe's cross. … Assisted on Josef Martinez's goal with a very smart pass into space behind D.C. United's defense.
Dion Pereira (on for Meram, 83), NR.
Jeff Larentowicz (on for Hyndman, 90+1), NR.
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