Record-breaking crowd sees Atlanta United get back on track with win over D.C. United

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John David Mercer
Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron and Hector Villalba scored as the Five Stripes helped banish memories of last week's loss at Houston

Atlanta United bounced back from an opening-day humiliation in a big way against D.C. United on Sunday. 

In front of an MLS single-game record crowd of 72,035, Atlanta cruised past DCU in a 3-1 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Gerardo "Tata" Martino's side is expected to be a MLS Cup contender in 2018, but its season started out last weekend with a humbling 4-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo

But Sunday never looked like it would be a repeat of last weekend, and Josef Martinez opening the scoring 24 minutes in from a Hector Villalba assist. 

Atlanta killed off the game with a quick pair of goals in the second half. 

Miguel Almiron rifled a shot into the top corner in the 73rd minute, before Villalba notched a goal of his own with a looping header two minutes later. 

The visitors would get a consolation through Darren Mattocks late, but Martino's men wouldn't be denied a first win of 2018. 

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