In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we discuss Atlanta United’s dismissal of manager Gabriel Heinze with audio from team president Darren Eales, technical director Carlos Bocanegra along with players Josef Martinez, Brooks Lennon and Anton Walkes in the Original Free Kick (1:55-24:35). We also highlight the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship and the dominance of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Backdoor Cut (24:35-32:28). Finally, we delve into Tadej Pogacar winning his second career Tour de France, Collin Morikawa winning the British Open, positive Covid-19 tests at the Olympics and lack of interest in watching new Space Jam movie (32:28-40:00).
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Original Free Kick: Moreno’s late-match heroics leads Atlanta United to 1-0 win over CF Montreal (5.15.21)
Marcelino Moreno’s goal in the 94th minute proved to be the game-winner for Atlanta United which earned a 1-0 home victory over CF Montreal May 15.
Atlanta, despite having a possession mark of 63.4 percent and a passing accuracy mark of 88 percent, attempted only two shots on goal in the contest which included the game-winner.
“Its beautiful to see that many people in the stadium,” United manager Gabriel Heinze said. “Futbol is for the people. I’m happy because the players did everything to get this win.I believe the team attacked well. The first minutes we had problems defending but the rest of the game the team defended well. The game happened as I analyzed.”
The goal attempt started with Jake Mulraney, who got credit for an assist, dribbling the ball down the left side of the field and sending the cross into the penalty area which connected with Moreno. It was Moreno’s second MLS goal and fourth overall for Atlanta this season.
“It means a lot because it was a goal that got us three points,” he said. “It was important because as a team we fought and never gave up on our idea. We deserved it.”
The victory was the second of the season in Major League Soccer (MLS) play for Atlanta and the announced attendance of 40,116 was the most in the world for a soccer match since February 2020.
“You’re buzzing and saying afterwards its almost a better feeling scoring with a win like that than if we scored in the 25th minute and won 1-0,” Atlanta captain and goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “Its a morale booster, a confidence booster. It certainly wasn’t our best game but sometimes you just gotta be able to get over the hump and find a way to get a result and tonight we did that.”
Atlanta posted its first home shutout in MLS action led by Guzan’s two saves.
“Since the preseason I’ve talked about the amount of work that we’ve put in in terms of understanding the new system, tactics from game to game how we want to play and adjust things,” he said. “Ultimately coming away with three points…leaves a good feeling within the group to push forward. Its a massive three points.”
It was a scoreless first half as both teams were unable to produce consistent scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes.
First-half chances for Atlanta included a header by Erik Lopez saved by Montreal goalkeeper Clement Diop in sixth minute. Other chances included Josef Martinez’s header that went over the crossbar in seventh minute and Marcelino Moreno right-footed shot was high in eighth minute.
The second half started aggressively for Montreal as Kamal Miller’s shot hit the crossbar within the first few minutes of play.
Atlanta looked to take the 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Emerson Hyndman pushed his shot off of a Martinez pass past Diop. However, Hyndman was ruled offsides.
Montreal’s best scoring opportunity came in the second half when Romell Quioto had a point-blank shot on net but was saved by a standing Guzan.
Hyndman had another direct shot on goal in the 58th minute that was blocked wide.
Martinez had two more scoring opportunities when his header went wide in the 78th minute and shot was saved by Diop in the 83rd minute.
Atlanta returns to action at Seattle May 23.
Sports Inquirer Show 150: Atlanta United, Georgia Tech football, UFC 261 recap, Georgia State men’s golf (4.26.21)
In this edition of The Sports Inquirer, we discuss Atlanta United’s home win over the Chicago Fire in MLS play with audio from manager Gabriel Heinze as well as players Ezequiel Barco and Jake Mulraney in the Original Free Kick (4:00-18:30), Georgia Tech football’s spring game with audio from head coach Geoff Collins and players Jeff Sims and Ryan Johnson in the Technical State of Georgia Athletics (18:30-27:00), recap UFC 261 particularly Chris Weidman’s broken leg, Jake Paul’s impact and the dominance of Kamaru Usman and Valentina Shevchenko in the Verbal Submission (27:00-39:00). We also spoke with Georgia State men’s golf head coach Chad Wilson in our interview spotlight (39:00-49:00).
Sports Inquirer Show 148: Atlanta United, European Super League, Georgia Tech volleyball, Jake Paul/Ben Askren, Trevor Lawrence, Mike Tomlin (4.20.21)
In this edition of the Sports Inquirer Show, we break down Atlanta United’s draw at Orlando City with audio from manager Gabriel Heinze and players Brad Guzan and Brooks Lennon (4:00-20:00) as well as the proposed European Super League (20:00-34:00) in the Original Free Kick. We also discuss Georgia Tech volleyball’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament with audio from head coach Michelle Collier and player Kayla Kaiser in the Technical State of Georgia Athletics (34:00-42:00). Finally, the show concludes with the Miscellaneous Department on the Jake Paul/Ben Askren boxing match, Trevor Lawrence’s Sports Illustrated article and Mike Tomlin remaining with the Pittsburgh Steelers (42:00-60:00).
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