Atlanta almost got on the board early as Jeff Larentowicz forced his way past Scott Caldwell to provide Josef Martinez with a good opportunity. The attacker marched towards net but his shot was off target.
The home team was on the attack again in the 10th minute when Darlington Nagbe hit a shot from outside the box. The ball was destined for the lower corner if not for Matt Turner’s diving save.
The Revs had a look in the 30th minute after Gustavo Bou beat Michael Parkhurst to find Teal Bunbury in the box. The striker’s shot was on target but it wasn’t enough beat the goalkeeper.
The visitors had another chance in the 37th minute when Penilla hit a stinging long-range shot that forced a full-stretch save from Brad Guzan. The chance was created through a quick counter by the Revs.
Martinez was given a yellow card in the 43rd minute for diving in the box. Soon after, the halftime whistle was blown.
The game remained open in the second half with both teams looking to attack. Parkhurst tried to tilt the momentum in his favor when he hit a long ball to Justin Meram. Meram was able to beat Brandon Bye but couldn’t get his pass cleanly to Ezequiel Barco.
The breakthrough came in the 69th minute after Barco collected the ball at the top of the 18. He then moved it to his right to find an overlapping Franco Escobar. Escobar beat Turner to give his team the 1-0 lead.
The Revs made two subs in the 80th minute as Diego Fagundez replaced Wilfried Zahibo and Juan Fernando Caicedo came on for Teal Bunbury. In the 85th minute, Antonio Delemea made way for Juan Agudelo.
With the Revs pushing forward for an equalizer, there was space for Atlanta to exploit. This almost happened in the 88th minute when Martinez muscled his way past Andrew Farrell. The goal scorer couldn’t beat Turner, however, who stood strong between the pipes.
J. Caicedo had a pair of opportunities in the game’s dying minutes but couldn’t get either on frame.
The Revs will now turn their sights to 2020, which will be Bruce Arena’s first full season in charge.