Major League Soccer

Atlanta United 2-1 Charlotte FC: Player ratings as substitute Jake Mulraney scored the 96 minute winner

Lizzy Becherano
Atlanta United FC's Jake Mulraney comes off the bench to score the winning goal.
Atlanta United FC's Jake Mulraney comes off the bench to score the winning goal. / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
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Atlanta United triumphed 2-1 over Charlotte FC on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with goals from Josef Martinez and Jake Mulraney leading the team to three points. 

Star striker Josef Martinez kicked off the scoring with his first goal of the season, recording a penalty after Christian Makoun brought down Brooks Lennon inside the box. 

His efforts were quickly neutralized as Charlotte FC scored the equalizer to mark their first ever goal in MLS history. A corner kick by Ben Bender into the box inspired Armour to a stunning header, beating Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the lower left corner. 

But Jake Mulraney shut down any Charlotte celebrations, coming off the bench in the 83rd minute to record a stunning goal and win the game.  

Atlanta United now heads into the fourth week of the MLS season with two victories and one loss, while Charlotte FC remains winless with a record of 0-0-3.

Atlanta United player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Brooks Lennon
Atlanta United's Brooks Lennon started in the defense. / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

Brad Guzan (GK) - 7.5/10 - Solid saves throughout the match, but hesitated when Armour's goal came in.

Ronald Hernández (RB) - 7.5/10 - Good, constant involvement.

Alan Franco (CB) - 7/10 - Neutral.

George Campbell (CB) - 7/10 - Could have made a bigger impact given his potential, but didn't harm.

Andrew Gutman (LB) - 9/10 - All around performance. After scoring a goal that was eventually overturned, he continuously played a vital part of the attack while also holding down the defense.

2. Midfielders

George Campbell
George Campbell started for Atlanta United FC vs. Charlotte FC / Perry McIntyre/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Matheus Rossetto (CM) - 8/10 - Lively in the midfield while sparking efforts on the attack.

Amar Sejdić (CM) - 7/10 - Maintained the midfield strong, and assisted in Atlanta's several corner kicks.

Osvaldo Alonso (CM) - 7/10 - Slowly returning to his form after a cardiac scare last weekend.

3. Forwards

Sean Johnson, Josef Martinez
Atlanta United's main man Josef Martinez started against Charlotte FC / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

Brooks Lennon (RW) - 9/10 - Strong performance, maintained a strong foundation while providing creativity on the attack.

Josef Martinez (CF) - 8/10 - Beyond the goal, he tested the goalkeeper constantly and manipulated pockets of space to create opportunities.

Tyler Wolff (LW) - 6.5/10 - Lots of untapped potential, but didn't offer anything particularly threatening.

4. Substitutes

Thiago Almada - 6/10 - More is expected from one of the league's most expensive transfers.

Marcelino Moreno - 7/10 - Supplied Martinez with a couple of balls inside the box.

Jake Mulraney - 10/10 - Came off the bench at the 83 minute mark to score a goal and win the game.


Charlotte FC player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Christian Fuchs, Julian Gressel
Charlotte FC's Christian Fuchs held down the defense against Atlanta United. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

Kristijan Kahlina (GK) - 7/10 - Made a couple strong saves, but struggles on crosses and forced too many unnecessary corner kicks.

Jaylin Lindsey (RB) - 6/10 - Very sloppy on the ball.

Guzmán Corujo (CB) - 6.5/10 - Could've easily created a stronger foundation at the back.

Christian Makoun (CB) - 2/10 - Careless, Forced a penalty.

Christian Fuchs (LB) - 4/10 - Disappointing from the team captain, quiet as a leader and made several mistakes and one that cost them a goal.


6. Midfielders

Christian Ortiz
Christian Ortiz started in the midfield for Charlotte FC / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages


Ben Bender (LW) - 8/10 - Heavy involvement throughout the match before recording his first assist for the team.

Alan Franco (CM) - 6/10 - Didn't harm, didn't help.

Brandt Bronico (CM) - 6.5/10 - Disappeared as the game progressed.

Christian Ortiz (CM) - 7/10 - Managed one early shot at goal, but sloppy in forcing several unnecessary fouls to earn a yellow.

Orrin McKinze Gaines (RW) - 6/10 - Lacked any type of creativity on the ball.

7. Forwards

Karol Swiderski
Poland international Karol Swiderski leads the attack for Charlotte FC / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Karol Świderski (F) - 8/10 - Managed a couple threatening shots, but couldn't beat Guzan to the goal.

8. Substitutes

Adam Armour - 10/10 - Came off the bench to score Charlotte FC's first ever goal in MLS history.

Harrison Afful - 5/10 - Nothing.

Daniel Armando Ríos Calderón - 5/10 - Wasn't given enough time to make an impact.

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