Martinez single handedly takes care of D.C. United and lifts Atlanta United to a win at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Josef Martinez is quickly solidifying his name in Atlanta as one of the more prominent sports figures in the state and Saturday’s match only added to his notoriety. Martinez was able to continue his historic goal run this Saturday against former 5 Stripe, Yamil Asad and D.C. United in a 3-1 win.
With the new acquisition of Wayne Rooney, D.C. United were expected to have a key player in their style of play who can efficiently complete counter attacks, especially since they started Rooney for the first time in this match. However, the Atlanta United backline did a great job of stifling the Englishman out of the dangerous area.
Even though D.C. United was the first to score with a great through ball pass to Steiber on a typical counter, Atlanta was able to feed off the large crowd of the Benz and get back on their feet.
In a night of firsts, Andrew Carleton received his first MLS start in place of Ezequiel Barco, which ended his 15 consecutive starts for the Red and Black. With all things considered, Carleton did a decent job in the middle of the field and served up some crucial passes for Josef Martinez to put away.
After this, Martinez had no trouble finding the right spots on the pitch in order to bury D.C. once and for all. The final goal came from a through ball sent by Miguel Almiron who found Martinez making a great run that left him one-on-one with the keeper.
Atlanta’s Back on Track
This big win over D.C. along with the outstanding performance from Martinez was just what the fans needed from Atlanta after splitting points with the opposing teams the last couple of matches. Martinez is only five goals away from breaking the MLS goalscoring record and he leads the way for the Golden Boot race with a difference of 9 goals between himself and the runner-up.
Back to winning ways, Atlanta continues to sit atop the Eastern Conference once more. However, with NYCFC close behind in the Supporters’ Shield contention, Atlanta United will be looking to continue their form next week when they face Montreal Impact.
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