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Atlanta United draws FC Motagua 1-1 in Leg One of 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League

Atlanta United played FC Motagua to a 1-1 draw Tuesday night at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in Leg One of its Round of 16 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League matchup. Josef Martinez opened his season account with an equalizer in the 35th minute, while Brad Guzan made five saves – all in the second half – to preserve the tie.

Motagua scored the opening goal in the 34th minute from Roberto Moreira, who volleyed a cross from the right side from Felix Crisanto past a diving Brad Guzan.

But Atlanta responded one minute later as Josef Martinez and Pity Martinez combined in attack. Josef laid the ball off to Pity and continued his run into the right side of the box where Atlanta’s No. 10 found him with a return pass. The Venezuelan striker then slotted a composed right-footed finish inside the far post.

In a tightly contested second half, Guzan was the ultimate difference-maker for Atlanta, making five saves in the second half, including four in the final 25 minutes. Josef Martinez forced a diving save in the 83rd minute off solid build-up play from Ezequiel Barco. Adam Jahn, who made his club debut subbing on for Pity Martinez in the 80th minute, also supplemented the attack by winning three aerials and four total duels in his short stint. 

Atlanta will host the return leg at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (8:00 p.m. EST, FS1, TUDN, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game). It opens MLS play next weekend at Nashville SC on Saturday, Feb. 29 (8:00 p.m. EST, FOX, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).

 

MATCH RESOURCES 

MATCH INFO 

Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 | Leg One

Atlanta United 1, FC Motagua 1

Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

STATS

Shots: 12-11 Motagua

Shots on Target: 6-5 Motagua

Corner kicks: 2-2

Fouls committed: 21-17 Atlanta

Offside: 4-0 Motagua

Possession: 55-45 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 78-75 Motagua

SCORING SUMMARY

MOT –Roberto Moreira (Felix Crisanto) 34’

ATL – Josef Martinez (Pity Martinez) 35’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL – Josef Martinez (yellow) 45’

ATL – Franco Escobar (yellow) 52’

MOT – Felix Crisanto (yellow) 78’

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP

Brad Guzan; Franco Escobar, Fernando Meza, Anton Walkes, Mo Adams (Brooks Lennon – 65’); Jeff Larentowicz © Eric Remedi, Emerson Hyndman; Pity Martinez (Adam Jahn – 80’), Josef Martinez, Ezequiel Barco

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Phil Goodrum, Luis Fernando, George Campbell

FC MOTAGUA STARTING LINEUP

Jonathan Rougier; Marcelo Pereira, Marcelo Santos, Felix Crisanto; Reinieri Mayorquin (Walter Martinez – 70’), Matias Galvaliz (Emilio Izaguirre – 82’), Hector Castellanos, Omar Elvir, Kevin Lopez; Roberto Moreira, Rubillo Castillo (Gonzalo Klusener – 66’)

Substitutes not used: Marlon Licona, Marco Tujio Vega, Wilmer Crisanto, Christopher Melendez

REFEREES

Adonai Escobedo, William Arrieta, Ibrahim Martinez, Fernando Hernandez Gomez

  TEAM NOTES

  • Fernando Meza, Adam Jahn and Brooks Lennon each made their official Atlanta United debuts
  • Pity Martinez completed a team-high 86 percent of his passes (25-of-29).
  • Franco Escobar had a game-high 11 recoveries and four interceptions
  • Anton Walkes and Fernando Meza each won a game-high four clearances
  • Ezequiel Barco won a game-high five fouls
  • Adam Jahn won four of five his attempted duels, including all three aerial opportunities
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