New York City FC vs. Atlanta United FC – Football Match Report – July 3, 2022

Valentin Castellanos scored twice to take part of MLS’ lead but New York City Football Club lost a late lead and settled for a 2-2 draw with visitors Atlanta United Sunday afternoon.

NYCFC (8-4-5, 29 points) moved back to first place in the Eastern Conference and improved to 7-1-4 in its last 12 games.

Castellanos scored in the 37th minute and again in the 58th. It was his 10th career two-goal game.

Josef Martinez scored for the second straight game and Dom Dwyer scored late in the second period for Atlanta (5-7-5, 20 points), which saw its winless streak on the road reach seven games (0-5- 2).

NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson made six saves, including four on Luiz Araujo. Johnson made five of those saves in the first half, including three on Araujo in six minutes between the 25th and 31st minute.

Atlanta rookie goaltender Rocco Rios Novo didn’t register a save as Castellanos’ goals accounted for two of NYCFC’s three shots on target. The team took 13 shots in total.

Moments after his header sailed high and he missed the net with a right-footed shot, Castellanos netted his ninth goal of the season. He received a pass from Talles Magno, passed Atlanta defender George Campbell and buried a right-footed shot into the left post.

Atlanta finally tied the game in the 56th minute thanks to a brilliant play from Martinez. Martinez got a pass from Thiago Almada and finished the game by executing a diving header as the ball sailed through Johnson’s left arm.

New York quickly regained the lead when Castellanos easily found his position in the center of the box and waited for a pass from Magno. He then finished it by raising a right-footed shot into the middle of the net.

Dwyer tied the game in the 86th minute when he landed a right footed shot into the bottom left corner.

–Field-Level Media

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