Atlanta United salvage a draw versus reigning champion NYCFC

Atlanta United finished their difficult three-game stretch against the reigning MLS Cup Champion New York City FC and they were able to pick up a point with a 2-2 draw.
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On the final leg of the long stretch of matches up north, Atlanta United was finally able to pick up a result. The weary Five Stripes traveled to Yankee Stadium to take on the first-place team in the East and reigning MLS Cup Champion New York City FC. They leave the baseball stadium turned soccer pitch one point stronger.

Thiago Almada made his return to the lineup after serving his suspension for a red card, but that was soon overshadowed before the opening whistle. Word came down that midfielder Emerson Hyndman would miss the match due to injury.

Injuries have crushed Atlanta United this season, as this is only the most recent in a season full of missed games.

The lauded New York City offense flexed its muscle today as star forward, and reigning MLS Golden Boot winner, Taty Castellanos picked up the brace. His score in the 38th minute came as defender Alan Franco made the poor decision to try and catch him in an offside position. The latter of the goals came in the 58th, just moments after a glorious header from Josef Martinez tied the match at one goal apiece.

The clear positive from today was the play of the aforementioned Josef Martinez. The forward scored the club's first-ever goal at Red Bull Arena on Thursday, and he netted the first of the day for Atlanta today.

Despite playing from behind all game, Atlanta United managed to hold on as NYCFC continued their assault on the backline. In the waning moments of the game, Atlanta managed to equalize as forward Dom Dwyer punched a shot into the back of the net.

Now halfway through the season, and still below the playoff line, Atlanta United desperately needed the point it picked up today. The club was dangerously close to falling behind in the tightly contested bottom half of the table after two straight losses.

The Five Stripes are finally coming back home for Saturday's match against Austin FC, a team they welcome to Atlanta for the first time in team history. They will look to defend their home turf against the second-place team in the west and improve on their eleventh-place 20 points (5-7-5).