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Atlanta United 2022 Final Exams: Marcelino Moreno

Atlanta United’s 2022 season arrived to much fanfare with the exciting potential of an attacking threat consisting of some combination of Josef Martinez, Thiago Almada, Luiz Araujo, and Marcelino Moreno, a quartet aptly given the nicknames MA’AM or MAMA. In reality, injuries and formational necessities kept the four from simultaneously occupying the pitch for most of the year, but one of those names consistently led the team in minutes throughout the early- and mid-portions of the season: Marcelino Moreno.
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Marcelino Moreno on the growing chemistry in the Atlanta United attack

With all the defensive injuries they're suffering right now, Atlanta United are lucky they can call upon one of the most fearsome forward lines in Major League Soccer. The Five Stripes boast the trio of Thiago Almada, Luiz Araujo, and Marcelino Moreno, while Mexican loanee Ronaldo Cisneors has been in fine form recently. And that's without mentioning iconic striker Josef Martinez, who is back in training and nearing a return to matchday action.
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Marcelino Moreno scores in stoppage time to lift Atlanta United

Marcelino Moreno scored in second-half stoppage time to lift visiting Atlanta United to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Brooks Lennon's cross found Moreno, who headed the ball past Bill Hamid in the 94th minute for his first goal of the season and 12th career.
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Marcelino Moreno heads Atlanta United past D.C. United with 94th minute winner

After a grueling 90 minutes that saw D.C. United foul Atlanta United 20 times, the Five Stripes snatched three points from Audi Field Saturday night thanks to Marcelino Moreno’s headed goal off of Brooks Lennon’s corner kick in the 94th minute (!). It felt like neither team was...

Marcelino Moreno: I simply sensed that the ball could get there...

One of these days we’ll all be going to bed after an Atlanta United match with normal blood pressure and heart rate, but this match against D.C. United was not meant to start that trend. The Five Stripes squeaked out a road win against the Black and Red in the last moments of the match with a header by none other than Atlanta’s very own bounty hunter and the scourge of D.C. United himself, Marcelino “Mando” Moreno. After last season’s filthy soul-thievery where Moreno dribbled past all of our nation’s capital and then laid up a tap-in for George Bello, this one just felt right. With that being said, this match was by no stretch of the imagination a representation of “the beautiful game,” but there were definitely some positives to come out of the game for Atlanta.

Can Marcelino Moreno Continue His Consistency in 2022?

2021 League Games: Started 30 of 32 MLS appearances, 9 goals/5 assists (2nd on team), 2nd most fouled in MLS at 104. Let’s start with 2020. Marcelino Moreno arrived at Atlanta United as a Designated Player for a team where nothing seemed to be going right, bringing a much needed steadiness to a depleted, limp attack. Like everything else that year, time was a bit of a lie and he only played in five league matches that season, winding up with two goals and an assist. He continued this momentum in 2021 as the season started; he stood steadfast in the lineup while Josef had international call-ups and recovering knee issues and Barco struggled with consistency before playing for Argentina at the Olympics.

Ezequiel Barco, Marcelino Moreno Early Contenders For MLS Most Valuable Player

With just two matches remaining for Atlanta until Decision Day, award season has arrived. On Thursday, the league released its first batch of nominations for its End of Year Awards, and the list included nine players and 11 total nominations for Atlanta United. Leading the list for Atlanta are Ezequiel...

Marcelino Moreno named to MLS Team of the Week for Matchweek 29

Atlanta United midifelder Marcelino Moreno was named to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week for Matchweek 29 thanks to his impressive performance that heled the Five Stripes to a 2-0 win on the road against Toronto FC Saturday night. Moreno was Atlanta’s standout player of the match and capped...

Marcelino Moreno: “This is the way.”

The Five Stripes battled on Saturday night to a 2-1 win over D.C. United in their fourth straight win to end a hectic, yet successful, week. The match was a roller coaster of up-and-down moments, with Atlanta creating some solid chances and also getting brutally assaulted for what seemed like 25 minutes straight. We also got to witness Brad Guzan getting dunked on by a Yordy Reyna free kick (though he did much better afterward), Josef Martinez not receiving a penalty kick when he was clipped in the shin by D.C.’s keeper, and the ref apparently forgetting that three minutes of extra time means the second hand goes around the watch face three times and not four. Marcelino “Man-of-the-match-Mando” Moreno pulled the team back ahead in the 82nd minute and then dropped one of my favorite Atlanta United quotes of all time: “This is the way.” Yes it is, Mando Moreno.