ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of Atlanta United FC to move up in Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff standing from its current fifth place will have to wait a little longer.
This scenario developed after the home team United FC failed to capitalize its 1-0 lead after the visiting New York City scored a late minute penalty goal to tie their score at 1-1 at the end of the regulation at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The 1-1 draw with New York City gave United FC just a point which barely allowed the team at 43 points to stay in fifth place in the MLS playoff race.
Argentine midfielder Marcelino Moreno provided the lone goal for the team in the 17th minute.
The home team United FC were playing minus it two top stars Venezuelan star striker Josef Martinez and Argentine mercurial playmaker Ezequiel Barco.
Defensively United FC played well as defender Miles Robinson had a game-high 12 recovers and eight clearances and veteran goalie Brad Guzan made six saves on the night.
United FC coach Gonzalo Pineda is sad with the many miss goal attempts of his team.
“We are not clinical and that cost us tonight,” Pineda said.
“Because in those moments when we are dominating the game we have to make sure we score the goals,” Pineda added.
United FC hopes to get back to its winning ways when they host the dangerous Inter Miami CF on October 28 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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