22 Jul MLS Review: Atlanta beat Rooney-less DC United in the passing
Gonzalo Martinez came off the bench to break the deadlock at the 89th moment before Josef Martinez secured the Five Stripes success
Atlanta United scored twice in the closing minutes to beat D.C. United 2-0 since the defending MLS champions transferred next at the Eastern Conference.
Gonzalo Martinez came from the bench to break the deadlock at the 89th moment before Josef Martinez secured the victory in stoppage time on Sunday.
Playing at the lack of former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney, who had been rested for the Atlanta trip, D.C. ought to have dropped behind in the 72nd moment.
Josef Martinez got a punishment however, the Venezuela global was not able to convert, shooting his spot-kick within the crossbar after a stuttered run-up.
But, Gonzalo Martinez was able to break the deadlock with a close-range header in the last minute of law before Josef appeared the off-side snare and also added another in the second minute of stoppage time.
It had been Gonzalo’s next goal in his past eight matches, to go along with five assists over that interval, as Atlanta’s album signing reveals signs of life following a challenging start to his introduction MLS effort.
He’s up in BIG minutes
He scores BIG goals
Pity Martínez slams home the near range header! pic.twitter.com/Chyknztudu
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 21, 2019
With the triumph, Frank de Boer’s Atlanta leapfrogged D.C. into second position in the east — three points adrift of the Philadelphia Union using a match in hand.
Meanwhile, the Brian Fernandez’s torrid start to his MLS career lasted as he presented a brace for the Portland Timbers at a 2-1 success over Cascadia competitions the Seattle Sounders.
Fernandez made his initial look for Portland in May, with united from Liga MX club Necaxa, and has scored eight goals to get the MLS side in only two matches.
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Raul Rudiaz delivered the sole target for the Sounders, who completed the weekend at the Western Conference after the LA Galaxy’s triumph on Friday.
Elsewhere, the New York Red Bulls were 1-0 winners off to Orlando City courtesy of Brian White, closing the gap to D.C. from the East to only a stage.
The New England Revolution defeated diminished FC Cincinnati 2-0, which makes it seven games without a loss since former United States nationwide team coach Bruce Arena was appointed by the Revs, moving 5-0-2 during that interval.