Atlanta United 1 Seattle Sounders FC 1
The Seattle Sounders withstood a late barrage to grind out a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United in front of a record crowd of 72,243 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday Night.
The Sounders (4-9-5) took the lead at the end of a feisty first half when Nicolas Lodeiro scored from the penalty spot after Franco Escobar was ruled to have handled a Harry Shipp shot following Video Review.
Lodeiro put his PK down the middle and in off Brad Guzan’s hand in the 45th minute for his second goal of the season.
Atlanta (12-4-5) leveled three minutes into the second half when Josef Martinez latched onto a floated cross by Julian Gressel and headed past Stefan Frei for his league-leading 19th goal of the season.
The Sounders were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Jordan McCrary was sent off for his second bookable offense.
The Five Stripes nearly took the lead in the 70th minute, but Frei robbed Chris McCann from point-blank range after Leandro Gonzalez Pirez headed off the post.
45’ — Nicolas Lodeiro (PK)
48’ — Josef Martinez
LAFC 0, Portland Timbers 0
They are two of the hottest teams in MLS and on Sunday, there was nothing that could separate them.
LAFC and the Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 draw at Banc of California Stadium, as they each extended their unbeaten streaks. Portland are now 12 unbeaten overall and LAFC have yet to lose at home in their nine matches.
Both teams had their chances, with LAFC controlling the majority of the possession and the Timbers looking dangerous on the counter. One of the best of chances of the match came through Timbers striker Samuel Armenteros, who found the post with his left foot after a feed from Zarek Valentin.
Carlos Vela made his first start since returning from the World Cup and made his presence known on the right wing, taking four shots and creating three chances. His best chance came in the 94th minute when he had a chance with his head from close range, but was unable to pick out a spot in the back of the net.
After some bright moments, LAFC playmaker Lee Nguyen was shown a straight red card by Silviu Petrescu in the 84th minute after a high cleat caught Sebastian Blanco’s upper leg.
A rematch is already set for the two West contenders as they will meet in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday in LA.