Atlanta United edges L.A. Galaxy

Goals from Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron were enough to lift Atlanta United past Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the L.A. Galaxy 2-0 on Saturday at Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif.

Atlanta United (5-1-1) is unbeaten in its past six, with five wins, and will host Montreal on April 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes have 16 points and remain in second in the East, one point behind NYCFC.

In a battle of attacking talent, Atlanta United’s defense, led by captain Michael Parkhurst, did enough to stifle Ibrahimovic, while Martinez’s sixth goal this season came in the first half against a besieged Galaxy defense that had trouble dealing with the speed of Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, who made his first start, Miguel Almiron and Darlington Nagbe. Attendance was 25,846.

Almiron’s goal came on a penalty kick in injury time in the second half.

> Five observations from the victory