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Atlanta United stops New York City FC, Villa remains at 49

Atlanta (AFP) – Miguel Almiron scored two goals as the Atlanta United defeated the David Villa-led New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. 

Reigning MLS MVP Villa had two shots on goal but failed to score, leaving him one goal shy of his 50th MLS goal.

The former Barcelona striker has been red hot lately, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Orlando City last week.

Almiron scored twice in the first half, and Hector Villalba added a goal for the United, who have won two in a row.

Paraguay’s Almiron, who has five goals in his past two matches, opened the scoring in the 16th minute and then finished in the 23rd minute to put Atlanta in complete control.

New York’s Jack Harrison capitalized on a Ben Sweat cross to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the 71st minute. 

This was the fifth consecutive home sellout for Atlanta, which is in its first season in the league.

The 35-year-old Villa will get another shot at his 50th when NYCFC hosts the New England Revolution on Wednesday.

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