Gonzalo Pineda seeing the positives of Atlanta United’s winless run

Three MLS games without a win and just one goal scored during that time; things are tough right now for Atlanta United.

Their latest setback was a 2-1 defeat away at Inter Miami on Sunday – a game in which the Five Stripes took the lead through Ronaldo Cisneros, were denied at least one clear penalty, and dominated in almost every statistical sense.

Atlanta controlled 63% away from home and outshot their hosts 20-7, creating 2.14 xG compared to Inter Miami’s 1.87. But for all their good work in getting ahead, wastefulness cost the visitors, who were undone by another fine performance from Wolves loanee Leonardo Campana, scoring Inter Miami’s equalizer and assisting the winner.

Of course, Atlanta United are having to cope without star striker Josef Martinez, while Brazilian forward Luiz Araujo is only just returning to fitness and isn’t yet ready for a full 90 minutes in MLS. Missing two DP goalscorers would hurt any team in the league.

“For sure, that’s a big part of it. We are missing two big pieces of our attack, Josef Martinez and Luiz Araujo, in terms of goal production and all that. I’m cognizant of that,” Pineda said after Sunday’s match.

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