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Game Recap: Atlanta United 3, Colorado Rapids 0

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Things went about as expected this afternoon in Commerce City.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon went about how you’d expect when a top-tier team plays a team that hasn’t scored in a month. The Colorado Rapids looked slow and uncreative and Atlanta United FC made it look easy.

First Half

Both teams had a couple of chances early, but Atlanta United got on the scoreboard first in the 10th minute. Julian Gressel served a ball into the box to Miguel Almiron, and after Tim Howard slid early, Almiron was able to chip it over him and into the back of the net.

The Rapids earned a dangerous free kick in the 14th minute when Kellyn Acosta was taken down around the 20-yard mark. He took the kick but it soared over the goal.

In the 18th minute, Josef Martinez passed it through the Rapids defense to Almiron, who got his second goal of the afternoon.

The Rapids continued to play tentatively and give the ball up and eventually, Atlanta got their third goal of the afternoon. This time, Almiron crossed the ball across the pitch to Gressel, who passed it in to an oncoming Hector Villalba. Villalba got another easy goal as Atlanta put on a clinic in Colorado. We can only hope that Hudson and company go back and watch what they do so we can score goals at some point again this season, too.

Second Half

Niki Jackson came in for Sam Nicholson to start the second half. Nicholson has been dealing with a back issue and it seemed to be bothering him in the game today.

Every time the Rapids started to build up play, a bad pass or a terrible first touch sent it right back the other way. The Five Stripes clogged up the middle and anytime Colorado tried to do anything, Atlanta had no problems taking control of the ball. That being said, ATLUD seemed to ease up in the second half and the Burgundy Boys actually pressured Brad Guzan and the ATL defense at times.

Cole Bassett made his home debut in the 82nd minute when he subbed in for Nana Boateng.

Atlanta didn’t score in the second half, but neither did the Rapids. Colorado hasn’t scored a goal in in four games now (since tying LA Galaxy 2-2 on August 14th) and have been outscored 13-0 since LA.