Austin breezes to 3-0 victory, Atlanta winless in 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Felipe Martins and Ethan Finlay scored early goals, Sebastián Driussi added his 11th of the season in the second half and Austin FC rolled to a 3-0 victory on Saturday that extended Atlanta United’s winless streak to four.
Injury-ravaged Atlanta, missing defender Miles Robinson and goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Achilles). defender Brooks Lennon (knee) and midfielders Osvaldo Alonso (knee) and Emerson Hyndman (quadriceps), has three losses and a draw since a June 19 win over Miami. Atlanta has one win in its last eight games.
Atlanta, which started play in 2017, had never lost a home game by three goals. The game drew 67,516, the team’s largest since 67,523 attended the season-opening win over Kansas City.
Austin won its fourth straight road game and got its sixth shutout this season.
In the first meeting between the teams, Martins found the net in the ninth minute, Finlay scored in the 17th and Austin (11-4-4) took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Driussi scored a goal in the 57th minute. Driussi trails New York City FC’s Valentín Castellanos by one goal in the race for the Golden Boot.
Atlanta United (5-8-5) outshot Austin 19-10. Both teams had four shots on goal.
Brad Stuver had four saves to notch a clean sheet for Austin. Rocco Ríos Novo had one save for Atlanta.
Austin trails first-place Los Angeles FC by two points in the Western Conference standings.
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