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.”
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.