ATLANTA (AP) -- Julian Gressel tied it in the 56th minute and Atlanta United held on for a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
A loose ball deflection off defender Larrys Mabiala bounced into Gressel's path and he pounced on it with a right-footed volley. Atlanta (10-3-4) stayed atop the MLS standings and extended its unbeaten streak to five games.
Mabiala opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Samuel Armenteros was the first to get a touch with a left-footed stab on Diego Valeri's free kick. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan blocked it out, but Mabiala headed home the rebound and Portland took the early lead.
The Timbers (6-3-5) extended their unbeaten run to nine.
NYCFC 2, TORONTO FC 1
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jo Inge Berget scored twice and coach Domenec Torrent celebrated his New York City FC debut with a victory over Toronto FC.
Berget made it 2-1 in the 68th minute, following Maximiliano Moralez's direct pass up the right channel and slotting it home. NYCFC (9-3-4) tied it at 1 in the 51st minute on Berget's back heel from the top of the 6-yard box. Vitor Vazquez opened the scoring for Toronto (4-8-3) in the 37th minute.
Torrent replaced Patrick Vieira in New York shortly after Vieira's departure for OGC Nice was officially confirmed.