Atlanta 2-2 Houston (June 16, 2024) Game Analysis

Latif Blessing made the most of his 30-plus minutes as a substitute by scoring an equalizer in the waning moments of the second half to give the visiting Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw against Atlanta United in Saturday’s first meeting. between the parties since 2019.

The Dynamo (6-6-5, 23 points) have drawn in consecutive games, while Atlanta (4-8-5, 17 points) have won just once in their past twelve games (1-6-5). Rob Valentino made his interim coaching debut for Atlanta United on Saturday.

Houston produced the first goal of the match in the fifth minute after Griffin Dorsey directed a corner kick off the crossbar. The rebound fell to Franco Escobar, who directed a header into the center of the net to give the Dynamo an early lead.

The Dynamo had two more chances to extend their lead in the 24th minute when Amine Bassi and Coco Carrasquilla both had shots that Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan deflected. Atlanta United countered quickly, with Daniel Rios beating Dynamo defender Micael dos Santos Silva deep in the area before using his back heel to pass the ball to Luke Brennan.

Brennan then passed the ball into the goalmouth to Thiago Almada, whose point-blank shot was deflected by Dynamo goalkeeper Steve Clark and passed straight back to Rios, who made short work of his chance to level the match at 1-1 in the 25th minute. Pull. .

Houston pushed for the lead early in the second half, with Ibrahim Aliyu forcing Guzan into a save in the 48th minute. Derrick Williams answered for Atlanta, prompting Clark into action in the 54th minute.

Xande Silva then dribbled through two Houston defenders and moved towards the goal line before unleashing a shot from an extreme angle into the top right corner of the net that put Atlanta United ahead in the 55th minute. Caleb Wiley and Almada added assists.

Houston applied pressure again, but Blessing was stopped by Guzan on a perfect opportunity in the 84th minute. Blessing then equalized in the 89th minute, converting a pass from Carrasquilla after a secondary assist from Dorsey.

–Field-level media