Atlanta United Draws LAFC 2-2
LOS ANGELES, CA - Atlanta United played its third preseason match Sunday against LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. First-half goals from Gonzalo MartÃ-nez and Julian Gressel gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead at the break, however two second-half goals from Adrien Perez and Carlos Vela leveled the match at 2-2.
Atlanta United 2, LAFC 2
Los Angeles, California
Banc of California Stadium
ATL - Gonzalo MartÃ-nez 18'
ATL -Julian Gressel (Josef Martinez) 29'
LA- Adrien Perez 58'
LA- Carlos Vela 82'
LAFC- Amadou Dia 72'
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan; George Bello, Leandro González Pirez, Miles Robinson, Michael Parkhurst, Julian Gressel, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Remedi (Anderson Asiedu 70'), Ezequiel Barco, Gonzalo MartÃ-nez (Tito Villalba 62'), Josef Martinez (Romario Williams 75')
LAFC STARTING LINEUP
Tyler Miller; Jordan Harvey (Amadou Dia), Eddie Segura (Lamar Batista 70'), Walker Zimmerman (Dejan Jakovic 46'), Steven Beitashour (Shaft Brewer Jr 46'), Eduard Atuesta (Mark-Anthony Kaye 46'), Andre Horta (Alejandro Guido), Lee Nguyen (Peter Lee Vassell 62'), Christian Ramirez (Adrien Perez 46'), Carlos Vela, Latif Blessing
Gonzalo MartÃ-nez scored from a free kick in the 18th minute for the game's opening goal after Ezequiel Barco won a free kick from about 22 yards out. G. MartÃ-nez took the free kick and struck a left-footed shot over the wall and past a diving Tyler Miller. G. MartÃ-nez has scored two goals and added two assists through three preseason matches.
Julian Gressel doubled Atlanta's lead in the 29th minute. Josef Martinez made a run down the right side of the box and received the ball near the end line before cutting it back to Gressel, who placed a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Josef Martinez has recorded six goals and three assists this preseason.
Second-half substitute Adrien Perez scored for LAFC in the 58th minute, rounding Brad Guzan and a chasing Miles Robinson to tap the ball into an open net.
Carlos Vela tied the match in the 82nd minute, blasting a left-footed shot from the left side of the area inside the far post.
Brad Guzan saved a Carlos Vela shot in the closing minutes to keep the match level at 2-2.
Atlanta United will play its final preseason friendly on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST against LA Galaxy.
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