Atlanta’s Martinez sets record with goal in 10th straight match

Source:AFP Published: 2019/8/12 17:28:40

Venezuela's Josef Martinez set a Major League Soccer record Sunday, scoring in his 10th straight match as his two goals lifted Atlanta United to a 2-1 victory over New York City FC.

Martinez, who set MLS's single-season scoring mark last year with 31 goals - four more than the previous record of 27 shared by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips - shook off an adductor muscle injury to take his season total to 20. That's just two behind current league scoring leader Carlos Vela.

With 15 goals in his last 10 matches, Martinez, 26, has helped Atlanta keep pace in the MLS Eastern Conference with Philadelphia, who remained in first place after defeating Houston 2-1 on Sunday.

In other matches, Lucas Rodriguez scored the game-winner for DC United in a 2-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Washington.

DC took the lead against the run of play in the 28th when Bill Hamid's long goal kick was headed on by Quincy Amarikwa. Ulises Segura collected the ball and flicked it forward for Paul Arriola to finish.

The Galaxy equalized in the 48th when Zlatan Ibrahimovic's attempt deflected off Jalen Robinson into the path of Favio Alvarez who fired it home.

With LA pressing for a go-ahead goal Hamid stood firm, spectacularly denying Ibrahimovic in the 71st. Rodriguez cleared an attempt off the line on the ensuing corner kick, then promptly followed his outstanding defensive effort with the decisive goal.

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