United's Early Red Card Proves Costly In 1-0 Loss

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Atlanta United is now in serious jeopardy of being eliminated in the MLS is Back Tournament after a 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati on Thursday morning. It's their second-consecutive loss of the tournament and also their second without a goal scored.

The next five days for the Atlanta United players and staff might be the longest five days of their lives

— Joe Patrick (@japatrick200) July 16, 2020

You could blame the loss on the weather conditions or poor officiating, for some but it was Jake Mulraney's early red card that was the story of the match according to 92.9 The Game reporter Joe Patrick.

Mulraney picked up his second yellow card in the 26th minute, sending him out of the game and forcing the Five Stripes to play a man down for the remainder of the match.

"The refereeing was questionable at times, but clearly the story of the game wasn't about the refereeing, it was just about the red card that happened early in the game that kind of threw everything out of whack," Patrick told the Midday Show.

"(Manager) Frank de Boer said that the plan had to be thrown overboard after that and Atlanta United just couldn't really prime themselves back in the game at that point."