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Barco, Atlanta United rally for 1-1 tie win Union

March 18, 2019
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CORRECTS LOCATION, SOURCE AND PHOTOGRAPHER - Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco heads the ball into the net, near Philadelphia Union defender Haris Medunjanin, during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)
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CORRECTS LOCATION, SOURCE AND PHOTOGRAPHER - Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco heads the ball into the net, near Philadelphia Union defender Haris Medunjanin, during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Ezequiel Barco came on in the 67th minute and scored three minutes later to help Atlanta United tie the Philadelphia Union 1-1 on Sunday night.

Defending champion Atlanta (0-1-2) used a series of quick passes to move to ball from the left to the right side where Julian Gressel first-timed a high entry and Barco side-netted a header inside the far post.

Brenden Aaronson, an 18-year-old homegrown making his MLS debut, ripped a right-footer that, as it went through the legs of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, deflected off the defender’s leg past goalkeeper Brad Guzan to give Philadelphia (0-3-0) the lead in the 47th minute.

Atlanta had 71.4-percent possession — finishing with 669 passes compared to just 267 by the Union — but came up empty on a handful of chances. Josef Martinez, who set an MLS record with 31 goals last season, missed wide left on a shot early in the second half and later had his bicycle shot stopped by goalkeeper Andre Blake.

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