Atlanta United FC vs Inter Miami CF – Football Match Report – June 19, 2022
Josef Martinez scored his third goal of the season and first since March as Atlanta United earned a comfortable 2-0 win at home to 10-man Inter Miami on Sunday afternoon.
Luiz Araujo also scored his third of the year for Atlanta (5-5-4, 19 points) in the first game for both teams since late May due to the June international match window.
Araujo and Martinez also assisted each other’s goals as Atlanta United won only the second time in nine matches.
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Rocco Rios Novo made three saves for a shutout in his first MLS start, playing past starter Bobby Shuttleworth.
Miami (5-7-3, 18 points) played the final 61 minutes against a man after Jean Mota beat Marcelino Moreno in transition and received his second yellow card in quick succession.
Inter Miami were shut out for the fourth straight time on the road while being outshot 18-12 on aggregate and 8-3 on effort on target.
Martinez now leads Atlanta with 92 all-time MLS goals since joining the club for its 2017 expansion season.
But the Venezuela international hasn’t produced at the same pace since missing almost the entire 2020 season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the first week of the campaign.
He underwent surgery on his previously injured knee in early April and returned to the field as a halftime substitute in Atlanta’s last game before the break, a 2-1 loss to Columbus on May 8.
He got his first start since Sunday and provided his third assist of the year when he drew a double team just beyond the penalty area in the fourth minute.
Martinez looked right and found Araujo, who guided a clean left-footed finish into the bottom left corner from around 25 yards out.
Araujo returned the favor on one of Atlanta’s best second-half streaks.
Marcelino Moreno did well to get the ball out of his own half and find George Campbell on the right flank, and Campbell forced Drake Callender into a save.
Araujo reached for the rebound and instead of trying for a second goal himself, he looked straight to find Martinez, who broke first to put the game away.