Atlanta United FC 2-0 Real Salt Lake

After a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, Tata Martino said he was very happy with the performance of his team, playing it’s third game in only eight days. He told reporters the day prior that his reaction to the dramatic win against San Jose was muted by the fact that his team didn’t perform to his standards. That wasn’t the case Saturday, as the Five Stripes put in a complete performance against a Western Conference playoff team. George Bello finally forced his way into the team, making his full debut with Atlanta United and his first appearance in front of the home fans—all 72k+ of them—at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Interview: Peter Coates aka @GolazoArgentino and Colorado/San Jose Preview

Joe and Sam talk about Atlanta United FC, Tata Martino’s possible departure, Ezeqiuel Barco, Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad with the No. 1 English-language Argentine soccer journalist Peter Coates. Peter has his fingers on the pulse of Argentine soccer, and gives us background on some of the sagas we’ve seen continue in Atlanta.

Tata Martino: Lots of speculation about his future. Would the AFA want him back? Would the fans? How realistic is this?

Miguel Almiron: What is Peter’s impressions of him both while he was at Lanus and now after seeing what he's done in MLS? It's probably not surprising, but we were curious how he sees him as a player and what he thinks would be the ideal spot for him at his next club.

Ezequiel Barco: We get Peter’s opinion on his style of play and how things will go for him in his career. Peter also discusses Barco’s background from his time at Independiente.

Orlando City 1-2 Atlanta United

Just when it looked like Atlanta United and Josef Martinez would wilt in the hot, humid conditions of Orlando, Tata Martino’s men produced a moment of magic to find the winning goal. Of course, it was Josef Martinez on the end of it.

And with that goal, Josef Martinez travels home as the highest-scoring player in a single season in MLS history. And, more importantly, with three points.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez opened the scoring in the twenty-first minute, somehow managing the bungle the ball across the line after Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik spilled a free kick from Ezequiel Barco in front of goal. It was an apt reward for a player who just became a father only days ago.

Following the goal, things slowed down quite a bit, and Orland was able to capitalize through—of all people—right back Scott Sutter. The defender found himself on the end of a bouncing ball near the corner of the box and unleashed a vicious strike past Brad Guzan.

The goal gave Orlando a foothold in the game, and the home side defended mightily deep into the game. Utilizing a very low block Atlanta’s Venezuelan striker didn’t have much room to operate, until he did.

 

Atlanta United 3-1 Columbus Crew

The three-headed monster of Josef Martinez, Tito Villalba and Miguel Almiron each found the net as Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time in a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon.

Atlanta United got back to their winning ways and got back to the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Sunday evening. Josef Martinez tied the MLS single-season goals record in the first half before Gyasi Zardes equalized for the visitors just after the half. Tito Villalba’s individual brilliance gave the Five Stripes the lead again and then Miguel Almiron iced the three points with a lovely finish.

PREVIEW: Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew

Joe and Sam discuss the fourth ever regular season matchup between Atlanta United and the Columbus Crew. Atlanta has won each of the previous 3 matchups, but lost one critical one in the playoffs. Columbus Dispatch and Crew beat reporter Andrew Erickson also joined Joe to talk in detail about Anthony Precourt, the owner of the Columbus Crew, and his plan to move the club to Austin Texas as soon as next season. 

Atlanta United 2-2 Toronto FC

J. Sam and Joe talk about how, despite Josef Martinez's two goals that bring him close to an MLS record, Atlanta United lets another late lead slip away at the hands of a resurgent Toronto FC.