Martinez scores pair, Atlanta blanks Fire 4-0March 18, 2017 10:16pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martínez scored twice in the second half, pushing his league-leading total to five, and expansion Atlanta United won its second straight, defeating the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Saturday.

Chicago (1-1-1) dug an early hole, conceding an own goal in the fourth minute and then having Johan Kappelhof sent off with a red card in the 11th minute.

The own goal — Julian Gressel's cross from just out of the box on the right deflected off Brandon Vincent and went past keeper Jorge Bava— was enough for Alec Kann to post the first shutout in Atlanta (2-1-0) history.

Martínez, who had a hat trick in last week's 6-1 win over fellow first-year team Minnesota, sandwich his goals around the first for Héctor Villalba.

Miguel Almirón set up Martínez in the 60th minute, Villalba scored unassisted seven minutes later and Martínez capped the rout in the 82nd minute, assisted by Yamil Asad.

Kann, who had two shutouts last season as a backup for Sporting Kansas City, had three saves.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Agudelo scores 2 goals, Revolution tops Minnesota United 5-2Juan Agudelo scored twice, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist and the New England Revolution beat Minnesota United 5-2
VanOekel helps Real Salt Lake to 0-0 draw with Red BullsMatt VanOekel posted a shutout in his first MLS start and short-handed Real Salt Lake played the New York Red Bulls to a 0-0 draw
Hansen's late goal lifts Crew over Timbers 3-2Niko Hansen scored in his MLS debut, Ola Kamara got a goal in his third consecutive game and the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 3-2
Pulisic becomes heartbeat of US team at age 18Just 18 years old, an age where many past U.S. players were finishing high school or starting college, midfielder Christian Pulisic has become the heartbeat of the U.S. soccer team
Honduras' Brayan Beckeles, left, and Erick Andino walk off the field after the team's 6-0 loss to the United States during a World Cup qualifying soccer match Friday, March 24, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras 6-0 to rebound
US star Lloyd quick to make her mark at Manchester CityU.S. captain Carli Lloyd did not need long to make an impact in the Women's Champions League with Manchester City

Related Searches

Related Searches