ATLUTD vs Toronto FC
Atlanta United Settles for 2-2 Tie
Martinez Notches Two More Goals
Atlanta, GA – Toronto FC scored a late goal in extra time to get a 2-2 result on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz. Atlanta United dominated for most of the match. Atlanta missed a golden opportunity to secure three more points in its quest for the Supporters’ Shield.
The other big story is Josef Martinez’s march towards the single season goals record in MLS. He added two more goals in Sunday’s match, giving him 26 for the season. He is one shy of tying the record set by Roy Lassiter in 1996, Chris Wondolowski in 2012, and Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2014.
Martinez’s first goal was on a penalty kick in the 53’. He was fouled by Toronto’s goalkeeper, Alexander Bono. This was Martinez’s fifth goal of the season by way of penalty kick. He later added a goal on a header in the 67’ in what appeared to be the game winner.
Atlanta got off to a slow start once again. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco scored a goal in the first minute of first half stoppage time. The score remained 1-0 heading in to the halftime break.
Notes…Toronto had only two shots on target, but both resulted in goals…Atlanta held the advantage in time of possession 55% to 45%…Toronto’s Chris Mavinga was given a red card for getting in to an altercation after the final whistle…Ezequiel Barco missed his third straight match due to violating team rules…Atlanta has a two week break, with its next game at home against Columbus Crew on Sunday, August 19th…Attendance was 45,191.