MLS SOCCER

Five Stripes play to a draw in Montreal

Ezequiel Barco returned to action for Atlanta United. Atlanta tied 1-1 against Montreal

Atlanta United tied 1-1 against Montreal Impact Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo. 

The tie by Atlanta places the team in second place with 55 points, which also equals Philadelphia’s total points after the Union lost to Columbus Crew. Atlanta holds the second place tiebreaker over the Union since the Five Stripes have won one more game. 

Atlanta finished with a 6-10-1 record on the road this year, its lowest amount of road points earned in the three years since joining the league. 

The Five Stripes took the lead in the 53rd minute when Gressel was able to score after a left-footed shot was able to get past goalkeeper Clement Diop. The goal by Gressel was his fourth of the season and was assisted by Emerson Hyndman. 

The Impact tied the match at the 81st minute when Bojan was able to place the ball past Brad Guzan into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Minutes later, it looked like Tito Villalba had scored the game-winner but the goal was reviewed by VAR and was disallowed after Justin Meram was ruled offsides on the play. 

“It was a much better team effort. We played compact and a little bit deeper. We pressed and I am very pleased. I think we deserved more,” Atlanta United manager Frank De Boer said. “They worked hard. They had chances and they could have scored one, but I think we could have scored more.”

The Five Stripes will play its last match of the regular season next Sunday when it will host the New England Revolution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. 

With a win, Atlanta will secure a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference and will host at least one or two playoff matches, depending if they advance in the postseason.

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