Atlanta United gets first home victory with 4-0 win

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ATLANTA - Atlanta United got its first home win of the season with a 4-0 victory over Chicago Fire on Saturday. 

Atlanta is now 2-1-0 on the season. 

Josef Martinez scored a pair of second-half goals and Atlanta United turned in another dominating performance. 

Before raucous crowd of 45,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, expansion United jumped ahead 4 minutes into the game off an own-goal by Chicago's Brandon Vincent. Julian Gressel's attempted cross from the right side of the penalty area deflected off Vincent, right past the goalkeeper Jorge Bava.

 

 

Atlanta poured in after halftime against a team that played a man down most of the game. Martinez made it 2-0 in the 60th minute off a deft flick from Miguel Almiron, and added his second goal in the 82nd, breaking free in the box and sliding in the shot from a tough angle.

Hector Villalba scored in the 67th on a booming left-footer after winding up with the ball right at the penalty spot off a deflected shot.

United's next game is Friday, March 31 at Seattle Sounders.