’s starting 11 lines up before Sunday’s game against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Photo: Atlanta United
Photo: Atlanta United

Atlanta United 2, NYCFC 2: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s player from Sunday’s 2-2 draw with NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Important punch of a Jo Inge Berget shot over the crossbar in the first half, followed by another punch on the ensuing corner. ... Another save, this time left-handed and low, in the 22nd minute. ... Distribution was solid in the first half. ... Nothing anyone could have done to stop Alexander Ring’s tying goal

Centerback Chris McCann, 7: Some shaky moments on defense in the first half, but he made up for it with his first goal with the team, which gave Atlanta United a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute. ... Settled down defensively in the second half and is growing into the role.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 7: Late tackle of Berget led to a penalty kick and NYCFC’s first goal. Parkhurst said he wasn’t sure if Berget was going to shoot or cross the ball, so he slid to block either. Instead, Berget cut inside. ... Finished with a team-high five tackles. ... His play with Jeff Larentowicz led to Atlanta United’s first goal.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 7: Big sliding block in the 18th minute stop a shot by Berget. ... Finished with three tackles and won two fouls in his return from a one-game suspension. ... Communicated well with rest of backline to keep shuffling David Villa across the penalty box when he would get in dangerous places. ...

Left wingback Greg Garza, 7: Opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a tap in. 

Right wingback Julian Gressel, 7: Continues to play well in the wingback role with two chances created, including one in the final minutes that Josef Martinez almost got to.

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Quietly and effectively goes about his business in the middle of the pitch. ... Tracked back well on McCann’s bad pass, which eventually turned into Atlanta United’s first goal. ... Tireless in the run of play. ... Even got to take a shot on a free kick.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 8: First goal for the club was wiped away ref Allen Chapman, who used review to rule that Josef Martinez committed an offside offense. ... After bouts of pressure from NYCFC, Nagbe put on his dribbling shoes and began to take over the middle of the pitch with Miguel Almiron. ... Good display of ball control from the midfielder.

Midfielder Kevin Kratz, 6: Didn’t much that was flashy but didn’t make too many obvious mistakes either in his first start this season. ... Martino knows that he can deploy Kratz anywhere in the midfield and get a solid performance.

Striker Miguel Almiron, 8: Shockingly caught by Alexander Ring on a breakaway around the 13th minute. ... Drew a foul 19 yards away from the goal in the 26th minute. ... His shot led to Garza’s goal. ... Earned another free kick from a dangerous spot in the 55th minute. ... Finished with five shots. ... Really needs to work on his right foot, though.

Striker Josef Martinez, 4: Ruled to have committed an offside offense against goalkeeper Sean Johnson on Atlanta United’s second goal, which was then taken off the scoreboard. ... No shots, no chances created, no tackles... Poor body language in the second half.


Ezequiel Barco (on for Kratz, 69th minute), 6: Seeing his first minutes in a league game since being acquired from Independiente, Barco was solid. He finished with one shot. His influence will grow as he gets more minutes.