Atlanta United Tamps Down Fire 2-0
Martinez Scores Two More Goals
Atlanta, GA – Atlanta United looked strong for the second consecutive home match this week, defeating Chicago Fire 2-0. Atlanta converted on two transition opportunities in the first half to build a lead that United’s defense would make stand.
Josef Martinez, the reigning league MVP, scored both goals. The first came as a result of beautiful passing, as both Pity Martinez and Franco Escobar were credited with assists.
On the second goal, Martinez took a pass from Dion Pereira around midfield and raced his way down the pitch to convert past Chicago’s goalkeeper. It was Martinez’s 10th goal of the season, moving him in to a tie for third in the league in goals scored.
The defense was once again stellar. Brad Guzan earned his eighth shutout of the year, which matches the team total from last year. Guzan now leads the league in shutouts.
Chicago entered the match having lost only once in the last six matches. However, its defensive woes on the road reared its ugly head again. In the past two road games, Chicago had allowed a total of seven goals.
The win vaulted Atlanta in to second place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind D.C. United. Atlanta controls its own destiny, as it has played two fewer matches than D.C. Atlanta is on international break for three and half weeks. It returns to action on Wednesday, June 26th to face Toronto FC.
Notes…Dion Pereira registered his first ever assist in MLS play with his pass to Josef Martinez…Franco Escobar will be suspended for the next match due to yellow card accumulation…attendance was announced as 67,502.