ATLANTA, GEORGIA –Playing at home after a heartbreaking defeat, proved to be a great schedule for Atlanta United FC.
On Wednesday night, Atlanta United FC eked out a 1-0 win over the visiting Inter Miami CF at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
As the game seems almost headed to a scoreless draw, United FC’s top veteran striker Josef Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.
The goal proved to be the winning score for the team who got a much-needed three points in the tight playoff race in Major League Soccer.
Martinez was awarded the penalty shot after a handball was called on Miami defender Leandro González Pirez inside the box.
Aside from providing the winning goal for his team, the goal is also special for Martinez since it is his 100th goal for tor the team.
“It was destiny that it had to be Josef with a penalty to score his hundredth goal and help us to win as a team,” head coach Gonzalo Pineda said.
With the goal, the club’s all-time leading scorer and 2018 MLS Golden Boot winner added more to his legacy.
In his 125th appearance, he became the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals for his club.
“I’m happy because it’s not everyday you make 100 goals,” Martinez said.
“I want to say thank you to my teammates, the ones that are here and the players that were here before, and everyone working at Atlanta United and also for my city because they mean a lot,” Martinez added.
United FC hopes to extend their winning streak to two when they visit Montreat at Stade Saputo on October 3.

By bob

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