Post-Game Notes: Atlanta United 3 – 1 New York City FC

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NOTES & QUOTES: Atlanta United 3 - 1 New York City FC


Atlanta United FC 3– 1 New York City FC

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA

Attendance: 70,526


Atlanta United FC: Brad Guzan; Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst, Miles Robinson; Greg Garza, Julian Gressel, Eric Remedi, Darlington Nagbe (89’ Kevin Kratz), Franco Escobar; Josef Martinez (86’ Hector Villalba), Miguel Almiron (84’ Ezequiel Barco)

SUBS UNUSED: Alec Kann, George Bello, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Andrew Carleton

New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat, Alex Callens, Maxime Chanot, Anton Tinnerholm; Yangel Herrera (46’ Valentin Castellanos), Alex Ring, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Maxi Moralez, Jesus Medina; David Villa

SUBS UNUSED: Brad Stuver, Sebastien Ibeagha, Ronald Matarrita, Eloi Amagat, Rodney Wallace, Ebenezer Ofori

BEHIND THE SCENES | NYCFC vs. Atlanta United | 11.11.18


25’ – ATL – Josef Martinez (Penalty Kick)

42’ – ATL – Miguel Almiron

45’ – NYC – Maxime Chanot

83’ – ATL – Josef Martinez (Assisted by: Eric Remedi)


6’ – NYC – Maxime Chanot (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

40’ – NYC – Yangel Herrera (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

44’ – ATL – Franco Escobar (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

61’ – ATL – Miles Robinson (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

74’ – NYC – Maxi Moralez – (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

88’ – NYC – Alexander Callens (YC – Unsporting Behavior)

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New York City FC head coach Domènec Torrent

On the match…

“It is not easy to play when you make two mistakes and they score. The first goal the penalty, the second goal is a free kick. When we played much better, we were able to score and we are there. After that, in the second half in my opinion, we played a little bit better than the first half. We had the control, but it is not enough. When you arrive in the semifinals, it is about the goals and you have to score the goals. We knew we needed to score. We were not able to score more goals. After that, the third goal is because everyone is focusing to score a goal and it is two against two. It is another mistake because one player broke the line. Soccer is about mistakes. When you arrive in the semifinals and the final, it is about the team that doesn’t concede goals and doesn’t make mistakes will have the opportunity to make the final.”

On Atlanta punishing mistakes:

“If you make a mistake, you pay with points or, right now Atlanta is in the [conference] final and it is not New York City. I think we played much better the second half. When we had the control, they score the third goal and the game is over. The first half is about our mistakes. You concede two goals from mistakes. It’s not impossible, but it is very difficult to win the important game like tonight in the semifinals if you concede two goals.”

New York City FC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson

On game tonight…

“It is obviously disappointing. I think you have to give credit to Atlanta. Over the two legs, they won both legs. Regardless of what transpired over the two games, I think it was necessary to come out as victors, and we didn’t. This game was going to be won where, no matter if a goal was scored or conceded early, we were still in it. We had a chance, we just had to win. At 2-0, difficult, 2-1 doable, 3-1 game over. It’s disappointing and it is not a position where you want to walk away saying, ‘this is the second year in a row, and we’ll look forward to next year.’ It is really still digesting this moment and, at the end of the day, it wasn’t good enough over two legs to get the job done.”

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