Atlanta Keeps Playoff Pace With Road Draw

(Kansas City, KS) – Atlanta United was trailing 1-0 in second half stoppage time with Western Conference leading Sporting Kansas City and things looked bleak for the Five Stripes but for the second consecutive game United was able to earn a point and get a 1-1 draw in Kansas City on Sunday after substitute Jacob Peterson was able win possession in the KC area and deposit a left footed shot past keeper Tim Melia to keep Atlanta in a tie for Fourth place in the Eastern Conference with NY Red bulls.
Michael Parkhurst’s timely cross and Brandon Vasquez’s ability to win the first ball were key for United’s last minute heroics.  The draw keeps Atlanta in prime playoff position with several home matches, in September scheduled for the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, in their favor.
KC had taken the lead 1-0 on a penalty kick conversion from Benny Feilhaber in the 59th minute. Leandro Gonzales-Pirez’s clumsy challenge of winger Latif Blessing in the area gave KC the chance. Atlanta was missing defender Greg Graza who dislocated his shoulder in the All-Star game against Real Madrid on Wednesday.  The overall performance was not Atlanta’s best and was uneven in some spots.
Atlanta travels to the nation’s capital on August 23rd to face DC United for the third time this season. Atlanta has lost both meetings so far this year. With 35 points United would need to hold home field advantage in September to secure one of the six eastern conference spots.
Photo: AJC

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