Atlanta United have been making waves in the transfer market over the past few months but Saturday was the new franchise’s first ever match and there was plenty to be optimistic about as Gerardo Martino’s side ran out 4-0 winners of Chattanooga in a friendly.
Martino’s stamp was already on Atlanta with their high pressing, possession based football and it didn’t take long for the club to celebrate their first goal.
Former Lanús midfielder Miguel Almirón was the architect and released San Lorenzo youth product Héctor Villalba to tuck away the opener.
Vélez Sarsfield youngster Yamil Asad curled in a beautiful second from outside the penalty area before second half goals by Josef Martinez and Andrew Carleton wrapped up victory.
“For this first game, the level was good, but obviously we aspire to grow more for the start of the season,” Martino told reporters after the match.
“We have the idea of always playing the same style regardless of the opponent, and I think today we were more focused on playing the way we want.
“In reality we have the team we wanted to have, and furthermore we have the necessary variables to have a good season.”
Atlanta United face Columbus Crew next Saturday in their next preseason friendly.
A day we’ll never forget.#UniteAndConquer
Relive the magic: pic.twitter.com/EyIL3xjIfo
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) February 12, 2017
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