In a battle for the title Kings of the South, Atlanta United tied it up 1-1 on a left foot break away kick by the team’s leading scorer (10 goals) Hector Villalba in stoppage time. The sellout crowd erupted as he leaped the field wall to celebrate with the fans behind the goal. A fitting way to close out Bobby Dodd stadium, “the rental” it hosted its ninth consecutive sellout which currently is an MLS record in attendance before they move into their $1.4 Billion palace Mercedes Benz Stadium the new baby of owner Arthur Blank built as home for both of his professional sport endeavors the ATL United and super bowl contender Falcons.
Villalba bit them in the eighty-sixth minute last week in their first ever match up in Orlando to give Atlanta a 1-0 win this time he prevented the loss earning a draw bringing the Five Stripes record to 10-7-4 for the season.
Orlando started the game in attack mode attempting three scores. (26) Anton Walkes blocked a straight on shot and (1) Goal Keeper Brad Guzan found himself in defense mode blocking two on target attempts before the four-minute mark in the match.
10 Miguel Almiron returned the favor kicking the ball missile hard down the middle but it was guided away from the net by goal keeper Joseph Bendik to ruin the scoring attempt.
Orlando’s lone score came on what appeared to be a mental breakdown in the fortieth minute in the first half. ATL was disappointed by a missed kick slide on the other end. Orlando came down the field fast break style. The league’s most valuable man according to pay 10 Kaka kicked the ball on a long distance strike just past the out stretched hands of Brad Guzman who was playing in his second game of the season after joining the team last week. The assist went to 9 Carl Larin.
The game between the South’s only teams was being billed as a rivalry, therefore, they played as if it was pushing and shoving throughout earning yellow cards. With the tie, ATL remains in fourth place.
Josef Martinez was sorely missed as he set out with a foot injury.