Atlanta United have had a dream start to their MLS campaign with their second consecutive win, this time with a huge 7-0 victory of the New England Revolution, to break or equal several MLS records.
The scoreline marks the biggest winning margin of the 2017 season to date, whilst matching the all-time margin victory record for the third time. The seven goal margin was set in 1998 after the LA Galaxy beat the Dallas Burn 8-1. The Chicago Fire matched it after they delivered a 7-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards in 2001 and last season the New York Red Bulls handed New York City FC an identical 7-0 defeat.
Whilst Atlanta also became the first MLS expansion team ever to score seven goals in a game, they are also the first to notch three hat tricks in their inaugural season.
Just four days after defeating FC Dallas 3-0 in the debut MLS match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Josef Martinez pulled off a first-half hat trick finishing it in the 39th minute, giving the Venezuelan striker 13 goals in 13 games. Follow our betting tips here.
By the half-time whistle they were 4 goals ahead of Revolution who were by then down to nine men following straight red cards to Xavier Kouassi and Antonio Mlinar Delamea. Anton Walkes struck in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.
Despite the lead Atlanta’s attack didn’t show any signs of complacency in the second stanza and goals followed from Kevin Kratz, Yamil Asad and Hector Villalba ro complete the rout.
After the match Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino spoke of his men’s advantage playing a side down to nine men.
“Forgive me for sounding boring but I am going to repeat that we played a large part of the game up two player,” he said.
“ I do want to say that I respect how our team played after that but that had a big impact.”