Hotlanta melts the 'Caps

By Sean McCaffery, March 19, 2018

Photo by Olyn Taylor for Soccer LongIslandMagazine.

Just 10 minutes in due to a VAR decision Vancouver already depelted by injuries to starters, de Jong, Teibert, Reyna & Kamra had 3 make their inital starts for the visitors, Aja, Mutch, & Blondell. The card had Watson out and a pk converted by Marinez with a whopping 80 minutes to go. Thwarted in their many first half chances to build on the lead it was 1-0 after the first 45. At the 58th minute an own goal made it 2-0, just after the restart, USMNT player Brek Shea hit a shot form the left, saved by Guzan, leading to a breakaway that Martinez buried for a 3-0 lead. A ball played over the top by the 'Caps made it 3-1, just over a minute later Shea again had a great chance but was unable to get a shot off.  Vancouver while on the offensive, ATL UTD had Martinez then finish his hat trick with a header close in.