Major League Soccer

Martinez nets 27th as Atlanta downs Crew

Atlanta United's Josef Martinez, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Montreal Impact during first-half MLS soccer game action in Montreal, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday.

Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair of defenders before finishing with his left foot from the top of the penalty area in the 31st minute.

With nine games left in the regular season, Martinez matched Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014) for the season record.