Nobody has ever scored more goals in a MLS season than Josef Martinez.
We all knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. And what better place for it to happen than in Orlando against our Disney World rivals. After a huge missed opportunity late in the first half, it appeared that history may have had to wait. It was evident that Atlanta was trying to force things to Josef through the first 25 minutes of the second half.
But finally in the 74th minute, Josef broke through. With Atlanta on the fast break, Martinez was finally able to get some space. Joe Bendik came slightly off his line and was unable to stop history.
In the start, neither side was able to get much going until new father LGP rocketed one through to open the scoring. The sides would trade chances after that with Orlando finally breaking through in the 39th minute with a goal from Scott Sutter.
Shortly after, Josef would miss an absolute sitter and we’d head to halftime deadlocked at one.
The win puts the Five Stripes at 54 points on the season (16-6-4). With 8 games to go, Atlanta is just 15 points shy of the all time MLS single season record of 69 points set by Toronto FC just last year. If it wasn’t for some of the points dropped late in games this year, United would be on pace to absolutely shatter that record.
As for the whimpering Lions; they put up a good fight but as always it would not be enough. They are still winless in six tries against Atlanta and only have one win in their last 16 matches.
The Five Stripes now have a 5 point lead over NYRB (49 Points, 25 GP) for the Supporter’s Shield and 1st place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta also extended their lead over NYCFC (48 Points, 26 GP) to six points. The midweek draw involving NYRB and NYCFC was huge. If Atlanta manages to finish the season 4 points clear of NYCFC, an automatic berth to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League will be scored.