2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Justin Meram (4')
  • Emerson Hyndman (90')
  • Gonzalo Martínez (90'+2')
  • Brad Guzan (27' OG)
  • Cristian Espinoza (34')
  • Chris Wondolowski (90'+1')

Atlanta's Martinez injured as goals streak ends

Atlanta United leading scorer Josef Martinez was stretchered off with a leg injury in a 3-1 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Emerson Hyndman scored in the 90th minute, and Pity Martinez added an insurance goal in stoppage time for United.

The two late goals helped Atlanta (54 points) move into second place in the Eastern Conference above Philadelphia, which plays Sunday. And it helps soften the potential blow of losing Josef Martinez, who leads United with 26 goals and had his MLS record streak of games with a goal halted at 15 when he exited in the 79th minute.

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Martinez appeared to suffer the injury several minutes before leaving the game. His foot got stuck in the turf after colliding with a teammate, causing his right knee and ankle to buckle awkwardly. He tried to play through it but eventually couldn't, and he departed the sideline on a stretcher, grimacing before putting a towel over his face.

Justin Meram also scored early for the defending MLS Cup champions, who have won eight of their past 11 matches in league play while also capturing the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup.

San Jose (44 points) had tied it in the first half on an attack involving Cristian Espinoza. But Espinoza was then sent off in the 34th minute for receiving his second yellow card. Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega made nine saves, yet ultimately couldn't prevent his side from closing a three-game road swing without earning a point.

Hyndman scored his first goal in league play since arriving during the secondary transfer window on a counter-attack set up by Darlington Nagbe. After San Jose's defense finally closed on the midfielder, Nagbe spotted Hyndman, whose finish left Vega little chance.

Short-handed San Jose tried to press forward after the restart and were caught on the counter to seal the game, with Brandon Vazquez and Hector Villalba combining to find Pity Martinez wide open in front of goal.

Espinoza helped San Jose tie the game in the 27th minute when he raced onto Vega's punt, rounded his defender and sent a shot that deflected off goalkeeper Brad Guzan and across the goal line. It was officially credited as an own goal from Guzan.

But Espinoza's day ended seven minutes later when referee Chris Penso showed him a second yellow card for stepping on the back of Franco Escobar's leg while trying to win the ball. His previous caution came 18 minutes earlier for not retreating from an Atlanta restart.

Major League Soccer Standings

1 Colorado Rapids 34 +16 61
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +20 60
3 Sporting Kansas City 34 +18 58
4 Portland Timbers 34 +4 55
5 Minnesota United FC 34 -2 49
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 0 49
7 Real Salt Lake 34 +1 48
8 LA Galaxy 34 -4 48
9 LAFC 34 +2 45
10 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -8 41
11 FC Dallas 34 -9 33
12 Austin FC 34 -21 31
13 Houston Dynamo FC 34 -18 30

Major League Soccer Standings

1 New England Revolution 34 +24 73
2 Philadelphia Union 34 +13 54
3 Nashville SC 34 +22 54
4 New York City FC 34 +20 51
5 Atlanta United FC 34 +8 51
6 Orlando City SC 34 +2 51
7 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 48
8 DC United 34 +2 47
9 Columbus Crew 34 +1 47
10 CF Montréal 34 +2 46
11 Inter Miami CF 34 -17 41
12 Chicago Fire FC 34 -18 34
13 Toronto FC 34 -27 28
14 FC Cincinnati 34 -37 20