ATLANTA, GA – The Five Stripes from Atlanta put on a show Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After falling behind from an early DC United goal, Atlanta tallied three goals to claim the victory. All three goals were scored by Josef Martinez, who leads all MLS goal scorers with 22.
Martinez has been short of amazing this year.
His 22 goals are nine more than any other player in the league. He is averaging a goal per match, which is a historic pace in MLS. For his career, which spans less than two years, Martinez has recorded six hat tricks, a record for which he stands alone in MLS history.
Attendance was 45,087. Atlanta next plays at Montreal on July 28.
Notes….Recent transfer Wayne Rooney made his first start for DC United…Andrew Carleton, a local product from Powder Springs, GA, made his first MLS start of the season for Atlanta, logging 65 minutes of match action…Eric Remedi, the recent transfer from Argentina, made his first appearance for Atlanta in the 76’…Ezequiel Barco did not start for the first time in the last 15 matches. According to Atlanta’s manager Gerardo Martino, Barco violated team rules and will be held out for next week’s match, too.