An easy win for Atlanta United over the San Jose Earthquakes was tainted by a serious-looking injury to Josef Martinez. 

By Associated Press
September 21, 2019

ATLANTA — Emerson Hyndman scored the go-ahead goal in the 90th minute and Atlanta United FC defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Saturday, although the win came at the cost of an injury to Josef Martinez.

Justin Meram struck first for Atlanta United FC (16-11-3) in the fourth minute with a shot 19 yards out from the edge of the box. Brad Guzan put San Jose (13-12-5) on the scoreboard with an own goal in the 27th minute.

Emerson Hyndman gave Atlanta United FC a 2-1 advantage in the 90th minute with a shot 13 yards away from the left side of the box, assisted by Darlington Nagbe. Gonzalo Pity Martinez finished off the victory for Atlanta United FC in the second minute of second-half stoppage time with a shot 10 yards out from the center of the box, assisted by Brandon Vazquez.

Atlanta United FC outshot the Earthquakes 18 to two, with 12 shots on goal to two for San Jose.

Atlanta United FC drew five corner kicks, committed eight fouls and was given two yellow cards. San Jose drew four corner kicks, committed 15 fouls and was given three yellow cards and one red card.

The game was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury to Josef Martinez. The Atlanta star went down after colliding with another United player and was taken off, meaning his record goal-scoring streak came to an end. 

Coach Frank de Boer said that it's too early to predict the extent of the injury but that it didn't look good and that the team would know more by Sunday.

Both teams next play Wednesday. Atlanta United FC visits New York City FC, and the Earthquakes host the Union.




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