Josef Martinez was instrumental as Atlanta United secured the MLS Cup in simply its second season on Saturday, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-zero.

The 2018 MLS MVP turned the third participant in MLS Cup historical past to rating a aim and document an help within the season finale.

The 25-year-outdated opened the scoring for the hosts six minutes earlier than halftime, rounding Timbers keeper Jeff Attinella to rating into an empty internet after Atlanta defender Michael Parkhurst pressured Jeremy Ebobisse right into a mistake in his personal defensive third.

Venezuela worldwide Josef Martinez was unstoppable in Atlanta United’s MLC Cup triumph on Saturday night time. Ira L. Black/Corbis by way of Getty Photos

United’s second arrived within the 54th minute, with proper-again Franco Escobar handing over a Martinez flick-on from Miguel Almiron’s delightfully positioned free kick.

The MLS East champions lifted the trophy in entrance of 73,019 followers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — the most important crowd in MLS Cup historical past.

Extra to come…

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