MLS: Andrew Gutman’s late goal carries Atlanta to draw with Cincinnati
Andrew Gutman scored the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute, and Atlanta United FC fought back for a 2-2 road draw with FC Cincinnati on Saturday night.
After scoring the 94th-minute, tiebreaking winner against Seattle last weekend, Gutman pushed home the tying goal Saturday, amid some modest net-front traffic — and possibly offside — to help United (7-9-8, 29 points) rally back and move to 2-1-3 in their last six MLS contests.
After Thiago Almada gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead with a 17th minute strike, FCC (8-8-9, 33 points) stormed back with two goals in 12 minutes of the first half. First, through Brandon Vazquez’s 15th of the season at 29 minutes, then Brenner’s ninth in the 41st.
Vazquez became the first Cincinnati player to score in four straight matches. Meanwhile, Brenner has four goals in three games for FCC, which finds itself amid a 1-1-7 stretch.
Atlanta wasted no time pressuring the Cincinnati goal and goalkeeper Roman Celentano (four saves). Luiz Araujo and Ronald Hernandez each took quality shots from inside the box within the first five minutes. Then, Almada’s strike hit the left post, and another Hernandez ball was saved at the right, bottom corner of the net by Celentano.
FCC’s first serious threat came through Brenner in the 16th minute. However, 20-year-old Atlanta keeper Rocco Rios Novo (six saves), who made some key saves late in the match, got a diving hand on the ball.
Atlanta eventually opened the scoring through Almada, who hooked the ball in from just outside the top of the box, off a perfect pass from Araujo. However, five minutes after United’s Marcelino Moreno hit woodwork in the 24th, Vazquez achieved his milestone goal with a casual strike into the bottom right corner to equalize.
Then right before half, Brenner was credited with putting FCC ahead amid some in-box commotion and poor United defending of the home side’s set piece. It ended with the ball eventually crossing the line after bouncing off Atlanta’s Juan Jose Sanchez Purata.
–Field Level Media