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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Leandro González Pirez (14')
  • Josef Martínez (46')

Atlanta's Martinez sets goal record in Portland win

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Atlanta United up to first in East after beating Timbers (1:00)

Josef Martinez extended his scoring streak to 11 games as Atlanta beat Portland in an MLS Cup final rematch. To watch MLS sign up to ESPN+. (1:00)

Josef Martinez scored for the 11th straight match, a Major League Soccer record, and Atlanta United cruised to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night at Portland's Providence Park.

The win was Atlanta's seventh in the past eight games across all competitions, and it vaulted them into first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. With goal differential as the tiebreaker, Atlanta United (14-9-3) took over first place from the Philadelphia Union, though both teams are on 45 points.

The Timbers (11-10-4) missed a chance to move up to fourth place in the Western Conference. The loss kept them in seventh place with the third tiebreaker advantage over FC Dallas, which is total goals scored.

Portland lost for just the second time in 10 league matches in a rematch of the two teams that played for the MLS Cup last December, won by Atlanta. The Timbers have played three games of a 10-game homestead.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored off a rebound of a blocked shot from Martinez in the 14th minute, and Atlanta took a 1-0 lead into halftime despite numerous chances for the Timbers.

The Timbers couldn't convert an on-target header from Jeremy Ebobisse, saved by Brad Guzan in the 42nd minute, and had an apparent goal nullified by an offside call.

Atlanta United was close to a 2-0 lead in extra time of the first half, but Steve Clark stopped Ezequiel Barco's breakaway shot. They took the 2-0 lead 45 seconds into the second half when Martinez chipped an open shot past Clark after a pinpoint assist from Julian Gressel.

Martinez raised his season goal total to 21.

Portland defender Julio Cascante had a header miraculously saved by Guzan, who had five saves, in the 64th minute.

The match marked the return of original MLS Timber Darlington Nagbe, who spent his first seven seasons in Portland after being the team's first-ever MLS draft pick. Nagbe helped lead the team to its first MLS Cup title in 2015, then was traded to Atlanta before the 2018 season.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 30 +19 57
2 Philadelphia Union 30 +12 52
3 Atlanta United FC 29 +12 48
4 Toronto FC 31 +4 45
5 DC United 31 +2 45
6 New York Red Bulls 30 +1 41
7 New England Revolution 30 -7 40
8 Montreal Impact 31 -15 37
9 Chicago Fire 31 +5 37
10 Orlando City SC 31 -4 36
11 Columbus Crew SC 31 -9 34
12 FC Cincinnati 30 -42 21

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 30 +44 64
2 Seattle Sounders FC 30 +3 49
3 Minnesota United FC 30 +9 48
4 Real Salt Lake 30 +4 46
5 San Jose Earthquakes 30 +3 44
6 Portland Timbers 29 +3 43
7 FC Dallas 30 +5 43
8 LA Galaxy 29 -5 42
9 Sporting Kansas City 29 -5 37
10 Colorado Rapids 31 -7 36
11 Houston Dynamo 30 -10 34
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -22 30