The LA Galaxy put up a decent fight early, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s shorthanded group were undone by a combination of mistakes and bad luck Saturday afternoon before
Daniel Steres was moved to the bench with David Romney in his place and Jorgen Skjelvik shuffled to the left fullback position, as you might expect he struggled against the technicially proficient Atlanta United attack. And yet LA were in the match early: Uriel Antuna managed to slip behind Miles Robinson on the breakaway but Brad Guzan was there to stone the Mexican international.
However in the 23rd minute Pity Martinez had time and space on the right flank to deliver a square cross that Dave Romney was unfortunate to clear into his own net. The Galaxy gave up a backbreaker of a second tally just before the break when Giancarlo Gonzalez was guilty of a similar offense.
Despite the two-goal deficit the blue white and gold were still in the match until a questionable VAR decision allowed Josef Martinez to extend ATL’s advantage.