Record crowd sees Atlanta’s draw with Orlando
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.