Josef Martinez continued his seemingly unstoppable march towards the MLS single-season scoring record, scoring twice against Toronto FC, but Atlanta United could only manage a 2-2 draw against the defending champs thanks to a late Tosaint Ricketts equalizer.
Martinez and Atlanta looked well on their way to victory for much of the match, but Ricketts slid in at the far post to finish off a Sebastian Giovinco-inspired passage of play in the 90th minute and earn the defending champs a valuable point in their playoff push.
Atlanta were dominant for much of the half, with Miguel Almiron putting a great chance wide and Alex Bono coming up with a huge one-on-one stop against Josef Martinez. Those heroics set the stage for Giovinco, who steered home a cross from Auro after an entry pass from Jozy Altidore, to give the Reds a shock halftime lead.
The home side were handed a way back into the game early in the second half, after Martinez touched by ball across goal, past Bono, only to be taken down by the goalkeeper for a penalty kick. Martinez converted the penalty himself.
Martinez wasn't done there, though. After another spell of Atlanta pressure, the Venezuelan somehow got into the end of a cross from Hector Villalba, getting just enough on his diving header to guide the ball inside the far post for his 26th goal of the season, just one away from the record that's stood since 1996.
Despite Atlanta's continued pressure, Toronto made their chances count stole late on. Minutes after Giovinco rattled the crossbar, Ricketts finished off a low cross from Jonathan Osorio following a picture-perfect Giovinco through ball.
45+1' – TOR – Sebastian Giovinco
53' – ATL – Josef Martinez
67' – ATL – Josef Martinez
90+1' – TOR – Tosaint Ricketts