Doug Roberson’s ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-3 draw against New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 4: He gave up three goals so the score isn’t going to be great. Really, there wasn’t much he could have done against any of them. It can be argued that perhaps he should have come quicker on the third goal, but then he would have risked leaving an open goal if Bradley Wright-Phillips let the ball roll through. ... Distribution has been better.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 5: Perfect pass to Josef Martinez on his third goal. ... Three tackles ... One chance created. ... 

Centerback Miles Robinson, 3: Probably his worst game this season. ... Could he have tried to block the cross on the second goal? Should he have stopped running with his mark on the third goal to try and stop the pass? Really tough to say when things are going full speed. ... His header started the sequence that led to the opening goal. ...

Centerback Flo Pogba, 5: In for Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, he was strong in the first 25 minutes or so before being forced out with a hamstring injury. 

Left fullback Mikey Ambrose, 4: His first start since March 30 at Columbus, his turnover led to Red Bulls’ opening goal. ... Created no chances and had three tackles. ...

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 5: Offense opened up after he was replaced by Jeff Larentowicz, whose height and fresher legs won more duels.

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7: Fair or not, the offense opened up when Pity Martinez came off and Nagbe had space to run up and down the field. ... To be fair, that’s not something he has done a lot of, but has shown he can certainly do. ... Took two shots and completed 86 percent of his passes. 

Wide midfielder Julian Gressel, 6: Forced the turnover that led to Justin Meram’s opening goal. ... Played hurt throughout the game

Wide midfielder Justin Meram, 8: Fantastic game. ... His third goal this season gave Atlanta United a 1-0 lead. ... Created a team-high three chances. ... Had a good rapport with the fullback on whichever side he played. ... Needs to start as often as he can during this glut of games.

Attacking midfielder Pity Martinez, 4: Given an assist on Meram’s goal. He has assisted on two of Meram’s three goals this season. ... That nice pass was followed by a slew of turnovers and poor decisions. ... Was subbed off because he wasn’t winning enough duels and an implication that he wasn’t working hard enough.

Striker Josef Martinez, 8.5: Back in the lineup for the first time since June 1, he scored a brace and won five fouls.

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Michael Parkhurst (on for Pogba, 29), 4: Another in a string of performances that aren’t nearly as good as how he played the previous two seasons. ... Couldn’t reach the pass that led to the second goal, but it was behind him. ... One of several players who couldn’t stop the third goal.

Brandon Vazquez (on for P. Martinez, 63), 6: De Boer said the game changed to Atlanta United’s favor when he brought on Vazquez in place of Pity Martinez because Vazquez was battling for duels.

Jeff Larentowicz (on for Remedi, 74), 5: De Boer said the same about Larentowicz, who was lucky not to receive a red card for a shove late in the game, and then did receive a red card after the game for another shove. Some of you have asked why Larentowicz shoved away Ambrose during Josef Martinez’s goal celebration. Ambrose is like the little brother on the team and Larentowicz, who I guess would be either the grandfather or cool uncle, was just messing with him.

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Doug Roberson
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Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.
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