Atlanta United 3, Orlando City 3: Player ratings

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Atlanta United 3, Orlando City 3: Player ratings

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September 16, 2017 Atlanta - Atlanta United fans cheer before an MLS soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Saturday’s Atlanta United match against Orlando City will be the third at Mercedes-Benz for the first-year franchise, and a new Major League Soccer single-game attendance record is expected to be set in the latest meeting of the southern MLS rivals. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

My ratings for Atlanta United from Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Orlando City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 6: Making his eight start this season,  he couldn’t do anything to stop either of Orlando City’s three goals. He finished with two saves

Right fullback Anton Walkes, 3: Making his 11th start, he was by Dom Dwyer on Orlando City’s second goal and by Cyle Larin on Orlando City’s third goal. ... He limped off in the 80th minute. To his credit, he said he takes responsibility for the two goals that were scored by the man he was marking. ... On offense, he and Hector Villalba torched Orlando City’s defense time and time again in the first half.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 5: Making his 27th start this season and 241st in MLS career, he wasn’t at fault for any of the goals allowed, but he is part of the back line. Manager Gerardo Martino said the responsibility for the goals was his because he made the choice to put three players together who hadn’t played with each other before.

Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 5: Making his 24th start this season, he was slotted into centerback. It wasn’t the first time he has played that position this season. He frequently drops between Parkhurst and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez during games and plays as a third centerback. ... He was beaten by Dwyer on Orlando City’s first goal. 

Left fullback Chris McCann, 6: In for the injured Greg Garza, he assisted on Martinez’s second goal with a beautiful, deep cross. It was McCann’s second assist this season.

Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona, 6: Making his 23rd start, he  and Julian Gressel were tasked with tryiing to negate Giles Barnes’ ability to link up with Larin and Dwyer. Barnes didn’t create any chances up the middle.

Holding midfielder Julian Gressel, 6: Making his 19th start, he picked up his seventh assist on Josef’s Martinez’s first goal.

Right midfielder Hector Villalba, 7: Making his 27th start, he also picked up his seventh assist on Martinez’s first goal and eighth assist on Martinez’s third goal. ... He again worked hard on defense and combined well with Walkes on offense.

Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, 7: Making his 25th start and playing his third game in less than seven days, he was again a dynamo. ... He seems to be growing in confidence, particularly when taking on defenders in tight situations. 

Left midfielder Yamil Asad, 7: Making his 25th start, he created a team-high four chances and led the team in touches (75) and passes completed (52).

Striker Josef Martinez, 10: Making his 11th start, he scored three goals for the second consecutive game and third time this season.

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Kevin Kratz (on for Gressel, 71st minute): No rating.

Tyrone Mears (on for Walkes, 81st minute): No rating.

Mikey Ambrose (on for Asad, 88th minute): No rating.

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