ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of Atlanta United FC to enter the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoffs for the fourth time since entering the league in 2017, is now a reality.
On November 7, United FC scored a late goal from veteran Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez to beat the home team FC Cincinnati 2-1.
The win is United FC’s second all-time come-from-behind road win in club history.
With the win, United FC ends the regular season with a playoff spot after finishing in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
In a post-match interview, Martinez is very happy with his game-winning goal in the 79th minute that allowed his team to advance to the playoffs.
“I don’t know where that goal came from,” Martínez said.
“But I just remembered after that first save he’d made on me, it was a really good chance but he made that save. So, we just had to keep trying to get that goal. And I even said it to coach on the sidelines that it was so important for us to get that goal.” Martinez added.
United FC coach Gonzalo Pineda praised Martinez for the late-minute goal.
“I’m just very, very happy for him because, again, it was a very hard season for him personally, individually with the injuries,” Pineda said.
“Finishing the season with our last great goal, it’s very encouraging for him,” Pineda added.
The other goal from United FC was provided by the defender of the Year candidate Miles Robinson in the 70th minute.
Robinson’s first career MLS goal came on a header at the center of the box on a cross from midfielder Ezequiel Barco following a corner kick.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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