Josef Martinez loves to score Orlando scoring and hitting more than he does any other MLS team.
The 22nd goal of Martinez was this season, and the seventh time against the Lions, the difference in 1-0 Atlanta United win Fridays at Exploria Stadium. Martinez extended his MLS record by scoring in the 12th consecutive game as Atlanta United improved to 7-0-2 against Orlando.
“For me, I enjoy scoring against all the teams, but when you do it against teams whose fans are compatible with you before the game, I got a lot of messages from Orlando fans,” says Martinez with Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Your play on the field is the best way to talk. When you perform against a team fan base so it makes it even better. ”
Victory, the sixth successive year at Atlanta United across all competitions, will keep the team in the first place in the Eastern Congress with 48 points regardless of the outcome of Philadelphia against D.C. United Saturday.
While he may consider it lucky to think of Orlando created, 17 Atlanta United chances launched a 13th-off closure on the legs were tired, even in the first half. The Lions had 18 shots through 85 minutes, but only four were on target.
"It was hot," said Atlanta United, manager Frank de Boer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Also, the stretch we had … you can see it during the game. We didn't have that. A lot of mistake. Passes did not quite easy. It's great that we had a result like this. ”
Atlanta United must now remain ahead of Minnesota to host a US Open Cup championship game on Tuesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
De Boer said Wednesday that he had to put a strong line out. He set out his strength with Brad Guzan in the goal and through a trial of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Miles Robinson and Flo Pogba. Eric Remedi, who lost the last two games with an adductor injury, started at a midfielder defensive with Darlington Nagbe. Julian Gressel and Justin Meram were the barriers to the right and left, and trident by attacking Ezequiel Barco, Pity Martinez and Josef Martinez.
Orlando managed to get hot, and he had five good scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes. The best came when Benji met Michel Pogba to the final line. Michel's cross rolled through the penalty box without the Orlando player being able to reach it. Nagbe left the danger in the eighth minute.
There was a chance that he would come ahead, but Orlando, who was unhappy with much of the season, kept mischievous to leave the game tied at 0-0 in the half.
Orlando's impartiality scoring was expensive when Josef Martinez, Atlanta United, scored in the 60th minute. He and Barco combined the center with Barco, in the right hand side, laying the ball on the left to Martinez to shoot in the lower right corner. It was the same of the stadium that he scored in the last season to break the one-season scoring record with his 28th goal. The first shot made by Atlanta United was the goal in half and second in the game.
“We get a minute to put them away. We did, ”said Meram with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They had a couple and they couldn't do the job in the box.”
Orlando was not retired.
Carlos Ascues cut a close-range shot straight across the goal a few minutes later. Tesho Akindele shot across the same post after having gone cleverly in the space in the center of the penalty box.
Josef Martinez got behind Orlando's defense and tried to put Rowe on the shell, but his shot put the job into the 69th minute.
Rowe stopped Martinez in another 80 minutes.
“You have games of this kind during the season and we have to be happy to be on the good side now,” said Boer.
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