ATLUTD Martinez Sets Scoring Record!
Nets 27th Goal of Season to Propel Atlanta to 3-1 Win
Atlanta, GA – In a complete team effort, Atlanta United earned a decisive 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew in MLS action on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz. Atlanta, coming off a two-week layoff, dominated offensively and defensively.
It was another record setting day for Atlanta’s Josef Martinez. The Venezuelan striker tied two MLS records. In the first half, he scored in the 31’ to give United the early 1-0 lead. The goal was his 27th, which tied him for the MLS single season record. He has nine more regular season matches to claim sole possession of that record. He also tied the record for most consecutive matches scoring at 8.
Columbus tied the match soon after halftime. Gyasi Zardes scored his 15th goal in 50’ minute. He moved in to a tie for second place for most goals on the season.
Atlanta finally took the lead for good in the 76’. Tito Villalba dribbled the length of the field and somehow managed to get the shot past two defenders and the goalkeeper. An assist was credited to Julian Gressel.
Miguel Almiron put the nail in the proverbial coffin in the 82’.
He shot a laser from outside the box that went past the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper. This ended a lengthy scoring drought for the Paraguayan midfielder. Both Martinez and Villalba were credited with an assist on the play.
Atlanta next returns to action on Friday, August 24 when it faces Orlando City.
Notes…attendance was 45,309. Ezequiel Barco returned to action after a three-match team suspension. He entered the match in the 75’…Josef Martinez was named Man of the Match.