ATLANTA (AP) Josef Martinez tied the all-time record in Major League Soccer with his fifth career hat trick to take Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
The leader of the MLS Golden start to the game, Martinez was knocked down in the area in the 18th minute and not only received a penalty kick, but also caused a Philadelphia outburst that resulted in two red cards and left the two Union players for the rest of the game.
Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin did not agree with the decision of referee Sorin Stoica. Bedoya, who collected a previous yellow card, took out an immediate red card and Medunjanin first showed a yellow card before being sent off with a red.
Martinez converted a PK by a 1 -0 and his tenth goal this season and added his eleventh to the start of the game in the second half.
Fabrice-Jean Picault regained the Union within one with his goal in the 52nd minute from close range, but Martinez added his third goal and his second penalty shot of the game in the 83rd minute.
Philadelphia came 3-0 -1 in his last four, but dropped to 1-5-1 on the road.