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Josef Martinez brace leads Atlanta United to victory at FC Cincinnati

Josef Martinez now has 26 goals on the season for second-place Atlanta.

CINCINNATI — Despite holding the reigning MLS Cup champions scoreless for nearly an hour, FC Cincinnati dropped their 12th home match of the season to Atlanta United FC by a scoreline of 2-0 Wednesday evening in front of an announced crowd of 24,774 fans at Nippert Stadium.

The visitors were powered to victory by the unstoppable Josef Martínez. His goals in the 59th and 65th minutes saw the Venezualan extend his record-breaking scoring streak to 15 matches. With 26 goals, Martinez now trails only Carlos Vela in the 2019 MLS scoring charts.

Pity Martinez and Julian Gressel provided the assists on Atlanta’s scores.

The victory pushes Atlanta (16-11-3, 51 points) higher up the Eastern Conference table, now trailing second-place Philadelphia Union by just a single point. The Union, who play Sunday at New York Red Bulls, also have a match in hand.

Meanwhile, the FC Cincinnati (6-22-3, 21 points) loss is the club’s ninth in 11 matches. The two goals conceded also sees them tie Orlando City SC’s MLS record of goals conceded in a season at 74.

Frankie Amaya attempted four corner kicks and Joe Gyau took three shots, but none of them found the back of the net for FC Cincinnati.

Sep 18, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton (22) makes a save in net against the Atlanta United FC in the first half at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the night.

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