Jacksonville Sports Day

MLS: Atlanta Claims Championship with 2-0 Win Over Portland

Photo by Curtis Compton/AJC

ATLANTA –  Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 to win the MLS Cup for the first time, in just the second season of the club’s history.

“We won one, so that is good. It has been a while, 2013 with Newell’s (Old Boys), won a title with (FC) Barcelona in 2014, but it has been a lot of disappointments, but this one we won. We won one, and these are always special moments, just to culminate this amazing process that we have had in Atlanta,” said coach Gerado Martino.

Atlanta United striker Josef Martínez scored the winning goal and was named the MLS Cup MVP, becoming the fifth player in league history to win Landon Donovan MLS MVP honors and MLS Cup MVP honors in the same year. Martínez scored in the 39th minute, and added an assist.

Franco Escobar scored his first career MLS Cup goal in his first MLS Cup Final, his second goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Brad Guzan was credited with three saves in recording the shutout, the ninth goalkeeper to record a shutout in MLS Cup history.

MATCH NOTES: 2018 MLS Cup drew a crowd of 73,019 to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the record attendance for MLS Cup and the largest attendance for a standalone, single game of any type in MLS history…Martinez is the third player in MLS Cup history to score a goal and add an assist in the same final (also: Dwayne De Rosario, HOU, 2007; Tony Sanneh, DC, 1997)….he became the second player in MLS Cup history to score a goal in the final in the same year winning the Golden Boot (also: Carlos Ruiz, LA, 2002)….Miguel Almíron recorded an assist, his second in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Almíron has recorded 30 assists combined in both league and MLS Cup play over the last two seasons, the most in MLS.


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