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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Nick Lima (13')
  • Danny Hoesen (43')
  • Valeri Qazaishvili (58')
  • Héctor Villalba (45'+3')
  • Josef Martínez (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.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34