ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The home team Atlanta United FC has retained its sixth-place standing in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff race after they ended their regular season homestand with a 1-1 draw against the visiting Toronto FC at the Mercedes Benz Stadium on October 31.
The draw gave United FC 47 on the season and into fifth place in the MLS Eastern Conference playoff race.
The home team drew first blood and take a 1-0 lead with a goal from Brazilian striker Luiz Araujo in the 15th minute.
The goal was Araújo’s fourth of the season in just 13 matches played. He led the team with five chances created on the night.
Toronto equalized in the 88th minute. Forward Jordan Perruzza directed a one-touch shot in the center of the box off a header that striker Dom Dwyer sent across the box. The play initially started as a set-piece.
With the score tied, United FC tried to come up with another goal to win but their efforts were futile due to the tough defensive stance of Toronto.
United FC coach Gonzalo Pineda is sad with the missed chances of his team to score more goals in the game.
“Overall the game plan worked, it’s just about not scoring the second goal,” Pineda said.
Atlanta United has just two matches remaining, against a surging New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati. Both are on the road, and it’ll be vital for Atlanta to come away with positive results.