Though the San Jose Earthquakes mounted a two-goal second-half lead over Atlanta United on Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium, it wasn’t enough to stop the Supporters’ Shield leaders, who rode a brace by Josef Martinez and a Miguel Almiron equalizer to a wild 4-3 come-from-behind win.
The Quakes opened the scoring in the 13th minute, on a fullback-to-fullback connection that saw Shea Salinas send a perfectly-weighted cross for Nick Lima to head in. Danny Hoesen doubled the Quakes’ lead in the 43rd minute, but the margin wouldn’t hold up in four minutes of first-half stoppage time, with Hector Villalba volleying in a goal to get the Supporters’ Shield leaders into the match.
The second-half scoring began with Vako weaving through the Atlanta defense to score in the 58th minute, and then it looked as if sub Chris Wondolowski had gotten one goal closer to the all-time MLS tally. But a handball on a prior sequence, attributed to Magnus Eriksson, allowed Martinez to slot in a PK goal to bring ATL within one. Four minutes later, Almiron equalized, and then deep into stoppage time, provided the cross that Martinez headed home for his 30th of the year and the game winner.
13′ – SJ – Nick Lima
43′ – SJ – Danny Hoesen
45′ + 2′ – ATL – Hector Villalba
58′ – SJ – Vako
69′ – ATL – Josef Martinez (PK)
73′ – ATL – Miguel Almiron
90′ + 4′ – ATL – Josef Martinez