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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 1 Atlanta United 1 full time

The Union get their first point of 2019 after holding the MLS Cup champions to a draw

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


90’+4 Burke taken down in Haris range for a free kick, but his left-footed strike goes high

90’ Four minutes of stoppage time away from their first point of the season.

89’ David Accam in for Picault for Curtin’s final sub of the night.

88’ Picault with a chance to bag a late winner when Burke was able to get down the end line and set him up in close range, but Guzan does well to get big and deny Fafa his first of the season.

73’ Aaronson’s day is done. Ilsinho checks in for him.

70’ Barco left open in the box for a free header off a cross from Gressel and he ties the game. Haris was the closest to him but didn’t react.

65’ Josef with an overhead attempt on frame but Blake is able to stretch to keep it out.

59’ Brek Shea into the game for Atlanta. Paging Matt Kassel. Josef Martinez with another chance set up by a through ball from Gressel but his shot goes wide and the Union still lead 1-0.

48’ Brenden Aaronson with the goal to make it 1-0 Union. It took a slight deflection on the way toward the goal and Brad Guzan was wrong-footed. What a debut for Aaronson! It’s also the first goal from the run of play for the Union in 2019.

46’ Derrick Jones into the game for Warren Creavalle to start the second half

Halftime. Each team with a great chance to score but we’re scoreless going into the break

40’ Aaronson with a great through ball to play Picault in, but Fafa unable to get enough on his shot, which is easily cleared off the line. Aaronson has struggled a bit with the physical aspect of the game, but his pass right there shows why he’s already made it to this level at 18.

37’ Josef Martinez gets on the end of a cross, but lucky for the Union his shot hits woodwork.


31’ Atlanta somehow earned a corner after Pity touched it last and pushed Creavalle to the ground. Fortunately, nothing came from it and we’re still scoreless.

21’ Aaronson with a chance to score his first MLS goal there after some positive play from Ray Gaddis, who sprung Bedoya into space down the right flank and the captain sent a ball into the box Aaronson wasn’t able to get a foot on with a diving Brad Guzan coming off his line.

12’ Warren Creavalle getting treatment.


1’ Brenden Aaronson earns a corner and set to take it. Good chance for him to take a deep breath.

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin; Warren Creavalle, Alejandro Bedoya; Brenden Aaronson; Fafa Picault, Cory Burke

Bench: Matthew Freese, Mark McKenzie, Olivier Mbaizo, Derrick Jones, Anthony Fontana, Ilsinho, David Accam

Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst, Miles Robinson, Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Remedi, Julian Gressel, Pity Martinez, Josef Martinez, Héctor Villalba

Bench: Kahn, Mikey Ambrose, Ezequiel Barco, Andrew Carleton, Brek Shea, Brandon Vazquez, Romario Williams

Officiating Crew

  • Referee: Robert Sibiga
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Corey Parker
  • 4th Official: Jon Freemon
  • VAR: Luis Guardia

How to watch

Where: Mercedez-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.

When: 7 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 17, 2019


Streaming: ESPN+