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.

PREVIEW: Montreal Impact vs. Atlanta United, Felipe Cardenas

Joe and Sam are joined by The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas to talk about his reporting and writing about Atlanta United, future plans, how he's enjoying life in the press box, and littel bit of Montreal talk. 

PREVIEW: Atlanta United vs. D.C. United - Episdoe 38

Joe and J. Sam talk to Jason Anderson of SBN's Black and Red United about the upcoming match between Atlanta United and D.C. United on Saturday, July 21 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.