It’s been a weird year for Tyrone Mears. Coming over from the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders he immediately slotted into the starting right back position before losing his job to Anton Walkes about halfway through the season. The veteran of MLS hasn’t seen the field in nearly two months until he was randomly called on tonight by Tata Martino with Atlanta United trailing and up a man.
The assumption is, he was brought on for his crossing ability to try and create chances. Ironically, it would be him getting on the end of a cross that brought the game-tying goal in stoppage time in bizarre fashion. After Mears floated a wayward cross over everything, Garza tracked it down and served in a cross himself. Andre Blake got a finger on it and was pulled out of net. The ball found Mears just inside the penalty area and he popped a header over everyone and it floated into the net for a ridiculous goal. What a wacky ending to a really weird game.