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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Nick Lima (13')
  • Danny Hoesen (43')
  • Valeri Qazaishvili (58')
  • Héctor Villalba (45'+3')
  • Josef Martinez (70' PEN, 90'+5')
  • Miguel Almirón (73')

Atlanta United overtake San Jose Earthquakes with late comeback

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San Jose 3-4 Atlanta: Martinez sparks late comeback - Via MLS (2:07)

Atlanta United scored three goals in the final 20 minutes in a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. (2:07)

In what could be construed as one of the most controversial MLS games of the year, visiting Atlanta United topped the San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 Wednesday night.

Atlanta -- the league's best team -- traveled west to take on San Jose -- the league's worst team -- in what figured to be another victory for the visitors. It was, but not until a bizarre final 20 minutes.

San Jose led 3-1 before an apparent goal from Chris Wondolowski was disallowed. Instead, following a video review, a penalty kick was awarded to Atlanta for a handball that happened 90 seconds earlier.

Josef Martinez converted his MLS-record 29th goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 70th minute. Miguel Almiron tied the score three minutes later when knocked home a loose ball in the box. Martinez added a goal five minutes into second-half stoppage time to complete the contentious win.

It was an inspired effort for the Earthquakes. Two days earlier, San Jose fired coach Mikael Stahre and replaced him on an interim basis with Steve Ralston.

San Jose stunned Atlanta in the 13th minute when Nick Lima headed home a cross from Shea Salinas for the 1-0 lead. Lima was left unmarked at the back post.

The Earthquakes added on with two minutes left in the first half. Danny Hoesen had a one-on-one with Atlanta goalie Brad Guzan stopped, but the San Jose forward got the rebound, beat a pair of Atlanta defenders and scored.

Atlanta cut the deficit in half in first-half stoppage time when Hector Villalba converted a pass from Julian Gressel to make it 2-1 at the break. San Jose made it 3-1 in the 58th minute on a Valeri Qazaishvili goal.

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POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 33 +29 69
2 New York Red Bulls 33 +28 68
3 New York City FC 33 +12 53
4 Philadelphia Union 33 +1 50
5 DC United 33 +10 50
6 Columbus Crew SC 33 -3 48
7 Montreal Impact 33 -5 46
8 New England Revolution 33 -7 38
9 Toronto FC 33 -8 33
10 Chicago Fire 33 -13 31
11 Orlando City SC 33 -30 28

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POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 33 +24 59
2 LAFC 33 +17 57
3 FC Dallas 33 +9 57
4 Seattle Sounders FC 33 +14 56
5 Portland Timbers 33 +7 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 33 +3 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 33 -14 44
9 Minnesota United FC 33 -21 36
10 Houston Dynamo 33 -1 35
11 Colorado Rapids 33 -28 28
12 San Jose Earthquakes 33 -21 21

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