July 15, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta United midfielder Josef Martinez (right) trys to finish off a corner kick in front of the goal as Seattle Sounders Jordy Delem defends during the second half in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Atlanta. The teams battled to a 1-1 tie. Nouhou Tolo (left) defends against Leandro Gonzalez Perez on the play. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Made two saves, and got his hand on the penalty kick that was Seattle’s goal. ... Other than that, didn’t have much to do against a Seattle team that didn’t have much interesting in attacking.

Right fullback Franco Escobar, 6: Called for a handball, resulting in a penalty kick and Seattle’s first goal in the first half, and then received a yellow card after protesting the call. It wasn’t a good call, but jumping and turning your back probably wasn’t Escobar’s best decision. ... Finished with two shots and created a chance.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, 7: Tied for the team-high with three tackles, which is odd for him because his positioning is typically so good that he doesn’t have to make tackles. ... Created two chances on offense and completed more than 90 percent of his passes. ... 

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 7: Yellow card in the 15th minute. ... Tied for the team-high with three tackles. ... Also created two chances. ... Got forward several times. ... Missed a chance to tie the game when his shot hit the post.

Left fullback Chris McCann, 7: Probably should have earned two penalty kicks when he was wrestled to the ground in the first half and second half. ... Had a face shot saved off the line by Stefan Frei. ... Missed from point-blank in the 70th minute on an awkward shot. ...

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Put a header over the bar in the 71st minute. ... Was used as a third centerback when Atlanta United would begin play, allowing the fullbacks to get up the field. ... Because Seattle didn’t try much on offense, he didn’t have much to do.

Midfielder Julian Gressel, 7.5: Notched his eighth assist on Josef Martinez’s goal. ... Had four shots, two on target, and created a chance. ... Seemed to communicate well with Larentowicz on defense.

Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, 6.5: A really quiet game with just one shot on target and one chance created. ... Also had two tackles. Perhaps he can be the second guy in the penalty box that manager Gerardo Martino said the team needs to break bunkering defenses. ....

Wide midfielder Hector Villalba, 6.5: A dribbling display as he continues to grow in confidence. ... Two shots, none on target. ... Can definitely work more to get to the back post on crosses from the left ... A few went right through the penalty box.

Wide midfielder Ezequiel Barco, 7: This is a weird one to judge because Barco created a team-high five chances, which is great, but didn’t have a shot, which isn’t great. ... I think he needs a break, but perhaps the best thing is to let him keep playing. ... I don’t know what I want from him, but it’s more. That’s not fair to him, I know.

Striker Josef Martinez, 7.5: League-leading 19th-goal in the 48th minute on a header. It was his 38th career goal in MLS. ... Three shots and two chances created.


Romario Williams (on for Escobar, 70th minute), 7.

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