Record crowd sees At­lanta’s draw with Orlando

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports -

AT­LANTA — In front of the largest crowd to at­tend a stand-alone MLS match, Josef Martinez had his sec­ond hat trick in a row and his third of the sea­son to help At­lanta United hold on for a 3-3 draw against Orlando City on Satur­day.

At­lanta United (12-8-7) set the record with 70,425 on hand at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium. The pre­vi­ous record was held by the Los An­ge­les Galaxy for the 69,255 who at­tended their first-ever match at the Rose Bowl in 1996. The United’s sta­dium opened last month.

Martinez scored in the 36th, 55th and 69th min­utes, each time ty­ing the score af­ter an Orlando City goal. Dom Dwyer had a pair of first-half goals and Cyle Larin made it 3-2 in the 58th minute for Orlando (9-12-8).

MIN­NESOTA UNITED 3, IM­PACT 2: Sub­sti­tute Abu Dan­ladi scored in the 89th minute to lift Min­nesota past Mon­treal. Blerim Dze­maili put Mon­treal ahead 2-1 in the 55th minute, but Chris­tain Ramirez re­sponded in the 68th and Dan­ladi stepped around Lau­rent Ci­man and beat goal­keeper Evan Bush with a blast from the right side.

SOUNDERS 0, FC DAL­LAS 0: Ste­fan Frei made a div­ing save in the 42nd minute and Seat­tle ex­tended its club record un­beaten streak to 13 matches with the score­less draw against FC Dal­las. Frei stopped Kel­lyn Acosta’s low hard shot from just out­side the top of the box, div­ing to his left and push­ing it wide. He fin­ished with three saves for his 10th shutout of the sea­son.

CHICAGO 3, D.C. 0: Ne­manja Nikolic tied a Chicago club record with his 18th goal of the sea­son and the Fire beat D.C. United 3-0 on Satur­day night. Nikolic capped the scor­ing on a penalty kick in the 90th minute, match­ing Ante Ra­zov’s mark set in 2000. Chicago (14-9-6) opened the scor­ing in the 23rd minute on D.C. mid­fielder Ian Harkes’ own goal.

COLORADO 1, NEW YORK CITY 1: Do­minique Badji scored in the 88th minute to give the Colorado Rapids a 1-1 tie with New York City FC on Satur­day night. Thomas McNa­mara opened the scor­ing for NYC (15-8-6) in the 19th minute. He slipped past a de­fender af­ter re­ceiv­ing An­drea Pirlo’s pass near mid­field and smashed a driv­ing blast into the top right cor­ner from 25 yards. KANSAS CITY 3, NEW ENG­LAND 1: Diego Ru­bio scored twice to help Sport­ing Kansas City beat the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion 3-1 on Satur­day night. Sport­ing KC (11-6-11) stretched its club-record home un­beaten streak to 23 games.

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