Atlanta United

Gonzalo Pineda praises Jake Mulraney after 96th minute winner

Lizzy Becherano
Atlanta United's Jake Mulraney scored the winning goal to earn his side the three points vs. Charlotte FC
Atlanta United's Jake Mulraney scored the winning goal to earn his side the three points vs. Charlotte FC / Brett Carlsen/GettyImages
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Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda hailed his side after they triumphed 2-1 over Charlotte FC with an extra time goal by substitute Jake Mulraney. 

The game was level after Adam Armour’s header into the goal canceled out a penalty by Josef Martinez. Each side was set to take one point home before Mulraney managed the 96th minute goal, striking home a cross from Marcelino Moreno. 

“In the second half, the adjustments that Charlotte made worked. It was almost man-for-man in certain parts of the field, and it took us a while to really break that down.”

“The reaction of my team is what I loved,” Pineda praised. 

“The players impacting the game from the bench [was a massive positive [as well as] the reaction from my players with their heart, their passion, their intensity, winning duels, winning tackles, sending messages here and there. I think it’s a good reward for the team, that goal from Jake".

Last-minute hero Mulraney echoed his coach’s joy, admitting his goal is now to challenge for the starting spot on the roster. 

“I want to be playing, I want to be starting, I want to be giving the manager headaches. I want to be putting my name out there so I can start,” Mulraney said.

“But I have to earn that. I have to do things like I did today and I have to do even more. I can’t just go other there and be quiet for a few games.”

Mulraney first joined Atlanta United in 2020, transferring from Heart of Midlothian FC. He played in Scotland for four seasons before making his way to Major League Soccer

During his joining, the midfielder has recorded three goals and four assists in 41 appearances.  

The win marked Atlanta United’s second of the 2022 season, culminating in a record of 2-1-0.

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