Images from the match between Atlanta United and San Jose Earthquakes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 21, 2019. (Photo by AJ Reynolds/Atlanta United)
Photo: AJ Reynolds/AJ Reynolds/Atlanta United
Photo: AJ Reynolds/AJ Reynolds/Atlanta United

Atlanta United’s Martinez leaves game with apparent injury

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez was subbed off with an apparent knee injury in the 79th minute of Saturday’s 3-1 win against San Jose at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer said the team won’t have a diagnoses until Sunday.

“I think it’s not a good sign that he goes off,” de Boer said. “Hopefully, it’s not so bad, but I can’t say if it’s good or bad. I don’t know.”

After walking off the field, Martinez was stretchered away.

Martinez, the reigning MLS MVP, leads Atlanta United with 26 goals, 22 more than the team’s next best scorer. He had scored in 15 consecutive games.

The injury appeared to happen when Martinez collided with another player near San Jose’s penalty box. He landed awkwardly on his right knee.

Atlanta United scored two goals after Martinez left to secure the win.


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