March 17, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez battles Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya for the ball during the first half in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Player ratings: Atlanta United 1, Philadelphia 1

Doug Roberson’s ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Philadelphia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 6: A few crosses went across his goal. ... Took a boot to the head in the first half but stayed in the game after being examined. Had a black eye and a bad cut above his left eye after the game... Not much he could do on the Union’s goal, which took a slight deflection off Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. ... He was clearly frustrated with the play on offense and defense after the game.

Centerback Miles Robinson, 8: The man of the match. ... Bounced back from a poor tackle early that led to a one-on-one and a sloppy pass by shutting down whoever came at him the rest of the game. ... Cleared a certain goal off the line in the 41st minute. Second time this season he has done that. ... Cleared another dangerous ball in the 87th minute. ...

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 5: Beaten down middle by Fifa Picault on shot Robinson cleared off the line. ... Was deployed as a wingback for some reason toward the end of the first half and second half.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 5: Philadelphia’s goal took a slight deflection off him. .... He also moved forward and became involved in the offense, winning a free kick in the first half.

Midfielder Eric Remedi, 5: He’s out of gas - plain and simple - because this isn’t the same player we saw last year. ... Started on the left of midfield diamond but then moved to the top of a diamond in a playmaker role where he struggled to influence the game. ....

Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Earned an assist on Ezequiel Barco’s goal. ... Tried to attack when he could.

Midfielder Julian Gressel, 7: Earned an assist on Barco’s goal. ... Created a team-high four chances.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 7: Played almost every position in the midfield during the game. ... Still the best player at connecting defense to offense. ... Just needs the ball more.

Midfielder Pity Martinez, 4: Nice cross to Josef Martinez on his shot that hit the crossbar. ... Two more shots taken from outside the penalty box in the first half. ... Other than that, not much. ... Created three chances.

Midfielder Hector Villalba, 3: Heavy touch denied him a chance at a one-on-one early in the game. ... And then he did what he did in his previous start at D.C. United: dribbled and dribbled to no great effect, which took teammates out of the game and made it easy for the Union to defend.

Striker Josef Martinez, 6: Hit the crossbar in the 38th minute with a sliding effort. ... Not much service after that

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Brek Shea (on for Parkhurst, 59th), 5: Put in one good cross.

Ezequiel Barco (on for Hector Villalba, 67th), 7.5: Scored the tying goal for Atlanta United in the 70th minute. ...

Andrew Carleton (on for Larentowicz (79th), 5.

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