A Josef Martinez goal and an immense performance from Brad Guzan allowed Atlanta United to escape from New York with a point in a 1-1 draw against NYCFC.
The first half happened. Brad Guzan had the only highlight.
BRAD GUZAN IS NOT HERE FOR YOUR TRICKS.— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) June 9, 2018
What a stop from the @ATLUTD star. pic.twitter.com/TiK8EZsukf
Things changed in an instant in the second half.
Four minutes in, Julian “Cross at Every Available Opportunity” Gressel played his best cross of
the day HIS ENTIRE LIFE. The ball curled onto the head of Josef Martinez who did what you would expect of the most prolific scorer in MLS history.
DAT BALL.— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) June 9, 2018
DAT FINISH. pic.twitter.com/GEGMPt6WMm
The goal is Martinez’s 13th of the year. He now leads the golden boot race by four goals as of full time.
Meanwhile, NYCFC kept kicking the ball directly at Guzan and/or at the posts.
58. A penalty appeal and @Guaje7Villa hits the post in a crazy few seconds.— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 9, 2018
Everything but the goal from #NYCFC so far here...
We keep pushing! (cc: @Guaje7Villa) #ForTheCity pic.twitter.com/47qeFEOplb— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 9, 2018
After missing out on multiple excellent opportunities, NYCFC deservedly broke through in the 77th minute.
@mmoralezoficial ➡️ @Guaje7Villa ➡️ @Alexcallens06 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/xy5I0xLhG0— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 9, 2018
It could have been and could have gotten worse. Seriously, I have no idea how they didn’t win.
Madness... pic.twitter.com/xVUrnrVnXC— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 9, 2018
All things considered it’s an excellent road result for Atlanta who stays atop the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings. The Five Stripes were outshot 25-to-6 and put two shots on target compared to 10 for NYCFC. Hey, a point is a point.
The Five Stripes continue the toughest stretch of games this year with a road trip to Columbus on Wednesday night.