Sounders settle for draw with Atlanta, 1-1

Russell Brown

SEATTLE, WA – The Sounders remained unbeaten on the season as they battled to a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United on Sunday. Seattle jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead but a subpar second half led to a PK equalizer for the Five Stripes.

RECAP

It only took six minutes for the Sounders to gain a lead in this one. A corner taken by João Paulo found the whipped through the air and found the head of Raúl Ruidíaz who buried it into the net. It was the sixth goal of the season for Raúl and the fourth assist for JP.

Despite jumping ahead early, possession was well in the hands of Atlanta. Luckily for Seattle, United really couldn’t create many great looks or chances with the possession. This storyline lasted through the halftime break and well into the second 45.

Even coming out of the locker room, United could not piece together chances on goal. Their constant pressure meant that Seattle couldn’t double up their lead either. This allowed for Atlanta to hang around in the match and keep a point within reach.

That persistence paid off for them when Brad Smith gave away a penalty in the box when he fouled Brooks Lennon. This led to Josef Martínez converting from the spot and leveling the match up in the 86th.

Seattle put in an effort to get the late game winner but came up empty handed as they dropped their first points while at home this season.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • SEA 6′ – R. Ruidíaz (Assist João Paulo) 
  • ATL 86′ – Josef Martínez

FINAL THOUGHTS

This one is disappointing for several reasons. The possession battle wasn’t really a battle at all and that’s ok because often this team does lose the  battle but has more quality with their limited time with the ball. However, that quality was not there this afternoon. Outside of the opening goal, Seattle did not look dangerous in the attacking third and their passing was sloppy when in the attack.

This was the first match of the season where a team seemed to figure out the new formation and it appeared as if they struggled to get into a flow. Now, not too much can be taken from a game in May, but it will be something to look at once more teams view what Atlanta was able to due in order to slow down the leagues hottest team.

Also, we cannot forget that this team is still not 100% healthy and still sits atop of the league standings. Really, it’s just finding things to nitpick at this point.

WHATS NEXT?

Rave Green is back at home to take on expansion side Austin FC next Sunday, May 30th. It will be the first match ever against the Texas based club.

The game is scheduled for a 6:30 pm kickoff and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The game can also be heard on 950 KJR and El Rey 1360AM.

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