Martinez scores winner as Atlanta United beats Whitecaps
VANCOUVER — Josef Martinez scored to help Atlanta United continue their winning ways Wednesday as the club posted a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Atlanta (6-3-2) has won five games in a row, shutting out its opponents in each contest.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Whitecaps (3-6-3).
Martinez put away the game’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 29th minute.
United ‘keeper Brad Guzan had two saves and collected his sixth clean sheet of the season.
Maxime Crepeau stopped five shots for the Whitecaps.
Atlanta’s penalty kick was called midway through the first half after Vancouver winger Lass Bangoura ran into Atlanta’s Gonzalo Martinez.
Officials reviewed the play and determined it was a foul in the penalty area.
Martinez stepped up to take the kick, sailing a ball past Crepeau on the right side.
The 25-year-old Venezuelan striker has five goals this season. He led the league with 31 goals in 34 games last year.
The penalty kick came just minutes after another close call for Atlanta. Martinez got a shot across the box from down low and Crepeau dove to make the stop, but the ball rolled beyond his out-stretched hands. Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert made the clear.
Vancouver struggled throughout the game to break through Atlanta’s defence.
The ‘Caps controlled nearly 57 per cent of the possession in the first half but didn’t manage to get a single shot on target.
The team got some scoring chances in the second half but couldn’t beat Guzan in net.
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