MLS Review: Atlanta beat Rooney-less DC United at the death
Atlanta United scored twice in the final minutes to beat DC United 2-0 as the defending MLS champions moved second in the Eastern Conference.
Gonzalo Martinez came off the bench to break the deadlock in the 89th minute before Josef Martinez sealed the victory in stoppage time on Sunday.
Playing in the absence of former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney, who was rested for the Atlanta trip, DC should have fallen behind in the 72nd minute.
Josef Martinez earned a penalty but the Venezuela international was unable to convert, firing his spot-kick over the crossbar following a stuttered run-up.
He comes up in BIG moments— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 21, 2019
He scores BIG goals
Pity Martínez slams home the close range header! pic.twitter.com/Chyknztudu
However, Gonzalo Martinez managed to break the deadlock with a close-range header in the final minute of regulation before Josef sprung the off-side trap and added a second in the second minute of stoppage time.
The Martinez connection— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 21, 2019
Pity with the dime.
Josef with the finish.
This game is OVER pic.twitter.com/GUzEqLFtCg
With the win, Frank de Boer's Atlanta leapfrogged DC into second position in the east – three points adrift of Philadelphia Union with a game in hand.
Elsewhere, New York Red Bulls were 1-0 winners away to Orlando City courtesy of Brian White.
Brian Fernandez's brace led Portland Timbers past Seattle Sounders 2-1 and New England Revolution defeated lowly FC Cincinnati 2-0.