Atlanta United earns key road victory

A brace by Josef Martinez pushed the Five Stripes to a 2-0 victory over FC Cincinnati Wednesday night at Nippert Stadium. 

With Josef scoring once again, it means that he has now scored in 15 consecutive MLS matches, the longest scoring streak in league history. At the moment, his streak is tied for second place in world soccer with Tor Henning Hamre, a mark he set in 2003 in the Estonian league. Josef is six games away from tying the all-time mark set by FC Barcelona’s Lionel of scoring in 21 straight matches back in the 2013-14 season. 

During Wednesday’s match, FC Cincinnati had the first and only goal scoring opportunity when Maikel van der Werff headed the ball towards the goal, which forced a save from Brad Guzan. In the same play, Eric Remedi headed the loose ball out of the goal line to keep the scored tied.

In the second half, at the 59th minute, Josef scored the opening goal of the match after a quick counter attack between him and Pity Martinez. Josef scored the goal by shooting the ball to the bottom left post of Cincinnati’s goalkeeper Przemslaw Tyton.

Six minutes later, Josef scored his second goal of the night after receiving a pass from Julian Gressel and curled a left-footed shot into the left side of the goal.

Josef has now scored 26 goals this season, placing him two goals behind LAFC’s Carlos Vela in the top goalscorer list this season. 

“…I am still satisfied about the form because when they park two buses in front of their own goal, it is quite difficult to create chances. We had the patience. You saw in the first half that we, I think, one or two times lost patience and directly get a counterattack against us. After that, corner and they had the chance. I think we did much better,” Atlanta United manager Frank De Boer said. “You know, with Columbus Crew we could do the same, and a lot of times we lost the ball in end face, their own box from the opponent. I think we did much better, and you see when they open up a little bit, like the first goal, that we can punish them. I think the most important thing is that we are playing concentrated and we showed in the last five minutes of the first half that we were creating some small chances.”

The shutout by Brad Guzan marked the 14th time this season he has accomplished such task, which leads the league.

The Five Stripes will be back in action Saturday afternoon, when the team will host the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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