ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United FC Josef Martinez once again proved he deserved his huge pay as he carried his team to salvage a 1-1 draw against the home team Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field on Sunday afternoon.
Martinez scored his second goal in the young Major League Season via penalty kick in the 86th minute of the exciting game.
Martinez got the chance for a penalty kick after Brad Smith took down Brooks Lennon.
The goal is sweet for the Venezuelan striker since it is his s 79th career MLS goal, the most in Atlanta history.
The goal is also a morale booster for United (2-1-3, 9 points) since it is also the first conceded at home by Seattle in four home matches and only
the third overall.
The visiting United started strong in the game but it was Raul Ruidiaz who scored his team-leading sixth goal in the sixth minute for Seattle (5-0-2, 17 points), which still completed its best seven-match start to an MLS season.
After the goal of Ruidiaz, it was a seesaw battle for the two teams until Matinez scored the penalty kick.
The draw came after United scored a 1-0 dramatic win against CF Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last May 15.
Atlanta (2-1-3, 9 points) returns to action Saturday, May 29 against Nashville SC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (3:30 p.m. ET, Bally Sports Southeast, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game, La Mejor).

By bob

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