Seattle Sounders dropped points at home for the first time this season after the 1-1 draw with Atlanta United at Lumen Field on Saturday in one the latest set of games in the MLS (Major League Soccer). Seattle Sounders had won all their games in the league this season until they met Atlanta United at the weekend.
Martinez earned a point for Atlanta United at the expense of MLS Cup finalists Seattle Sounders with his goal four minutes before the end of the second half. After the game, the Venezuelan forward told reporters that he felt some nerves while he wanted to take the spot kick that earned his team a share of the spoils and that it had been two years since he took a penalty kick in a competitive game.
The Atlanta United star was one of the best players in Major League Soccer (MLS) football before he sustained a long-term knee injury at the end of 2019. The injury forced him to miss the whole of last season as Atlanta United struggled to compete with the likes of Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders but the tide seems to be turning for both the player and his team. His goal against Seattle Sounders was his second in six games in the league this season.
Sounders had a very good start at home to Atlanta United but they were unable to build on it. Chilean international Raul Ruidiaz scored the opening goal for the hosts inside six minutes and they held on until the late penalty from Martinez. With the result, Atlanta United are unbeaten in the last three games and they occupy the number three spot on the Eastern Conference standings.