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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Raúl Ruidíaz (6')
  • Josef Martínez (86' PEN)

Josef Martinez helps Atlanta United to draw vs. Seattle Sounders

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Josef Martinez scores in Atlanta's draw with Seattle (0:36)

Josef Martinez's late penalty earns Atlanta United a 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders. (0:36)

Josef Martinez converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute for his second goal of the season to lift Atlanta United FC to a 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday afternoon.

Martinez's goal came after a penalty was earned when Brad Smith took down Brooks Lennon. It is the first conceded at home by Seattle in four home matches and only the third overall.

It was Atlanta's second goal scored past the 85th minute in as many games. Marcelino Moreno won United's previous match deep in second-half stoppage time at home against Montreal.

Raul Ruidiaz scored his team-leading sixth goal in the sixth minute for Seattle (5-0-2, 17 points), which still completed its best seven-match start to an MLS season.

Neither side had much in the way of chances, with each recording only two shots on target. Atlanta (2-1-3, 9 points), however, continued its trend of dominating possession in all its matches by holding 63 percent of it.

The Sounders still have not conceded a goal from open play, but they also required a set piece to score when Ruidiaz gave his side the early lead.

Off Joao Paulo's corner kick, the Peruvian striker found just enough space from his marker Miles Robinson. He met the ball at the back of the 6-yard box and then head it back past Brad Guzan.

The tally pulled Ruidiaz within one of the LA Galaxy's Javier Hernandez for the MLS lead.

Atlanta United were probably more dangerous in the first half than the second, but they were rewarded for their continued effort when Lennon bombed forward from his fullback spot.

As Lennon dragged his cross back toward the penalty spot from near the goal line, Smith slid to try and block it, but was late and contacted Lennon instead.

Referee Kevin Stott pointed toward the penalty spot. Martinez took the kick, driving it into the top right corner for his 79th career MLS goal, the most in Atlanta history.