Quintero achieves a “hat trick”; Martinez consolidates goalscorers

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Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez (L) of Argentina in action against New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara (R) during the first half of the MLS soccer match between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia , USA, 20 May 2018. EFE / Archive

One more day the role of Latin American players was present in the Jornada 19 of the United States Soccer Professional League (MLS) with the strikers, the Colombian Darwin Quintero, and the Venezuelan Josef Martinez.

Quintero was, without a doubt, the great figure of the day to get a hat trick with goals of great execution that allowed his team from Minnesota United beat 4-3 to Toronto FC, the current defending champion of the league title of MLS, which is experiencing a serious gaming crisis.

The Colombian forward was in charge of anticipating the fireworks on the night of July 4 in the United States and he did it with a unique inspiration that overflowed at all times to the defense of the champion who every day is further from being able to get into the top six Eastern Conference teams have the right to play the playoffs.

Martinez was also brilliant and efficient by contributing a double that ultimately could not prevent the defeat of his team at Atlanta United 3-2 on his visit to Texan territory to face FC Dallas, in a duel of leading Division teams.

Martinez scored the two goals that gave Atlanta United the 1-2 advantage in the absence of 17 minutes to go.

But the Canadian Tesho Akindele, who had entered the 75th minute in substitution of the Spanish Victor Ulloa, made the difference to the scoreboard a double (m.86 and m.88), which turned the score and the victory to FC Dallas, which The lonely leader of the Western Conference consolidates.

While Atlanta United, despite the defeat, also continued to lead the Eastern Conference table with the best record in the league.

For his part, Martinez also consolidated as a leader in the list of scorers with 17 goals, six more than the runners-up, the Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips, of the Red Bulls of New York, and the American Gyasi Zardes, of the Columbus Crew

The day also left the goals of the Venezuelan Jefferson Savarino and the Mexican Luis Silva who helped Real Salt Lake to win by a 4-2 thrashing of Sporting Kansas City, who came to the game as a colleague of the Western Conference with FC Dallas.

While Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the great figure of the Galaxy of Los Angeles to get a double that gave the team a partial advantage (2-0) in the match that played at home to DCUnited in the end He managed to tie the final score with goals from Hungarian Zoltan Stieber and Jamaican Darren Mattocks.

The draw of DCUnited will allow him to come with more moral to the match on July 14 when they face the Vancouver Whitecaps at the opening of their new stadium Audi Field, and the debut incorporation of English international striker Wayne Rooney, who signed contract for three and a half seasons to receive 13 million dollars.

Another forward who finished the day with a double was Will Bruin, who scored the goals that allowed his Sounders FC team from Seattle to win 2-1 visitors to the Colorado Rapids, in a duel of losing teams in the Western Conference.

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