Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez knows how to cut it close, and they don’t come much closer than the brace he picked up in a 4-0 rout of the Chicago Fire on Saturday, the club's first home win in its history.
In the 60th minute with Atlanta up 1-0 in the game and also up a man thanks to Johan Kappelhof red card in the 11th minute, Martinez was on the receiving end of a perfectly timed Miguel Almiron throughball. Martinez rounded Fire keeper Jorge Bava and sent his shot into the empty net.
Martinez, who is on loan from Serie A side Torino, just barely stayed on, but it counted all the same.
Then in the 82nd minute with Atlanta up 3-0, Martinez again received a throughball, this time from Yamil Asad, and got past Bava once more. Despite having a very narrow angle to shoot at, the striker snuck it inside the far post for the brace.
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If you’re not convinced by how little angle Martinez had, check this shot out:
That brings Martinez’s goal total up to five on the season in just three games, after his hat trick against fellow expansion side Minnesota United last week.