Josef Martinez’s hat trick helps Atlanta salvage draw in front of record crowd

ESPN staff

Josef Martinez recorded his second hat trick in four days as Atlanta United entertained an MLS-record crowd in a 3-3 draw with Orlando City on Saturday.

Dom Dwyer stunned the crowd of 70,425 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a powerful header from Donny Toia’s cross to put Orlando ahead in the 10th minute.

Atlanta pushed for an equalizer and found it in the 36th minute when Julian Gressel gathered the ball just before it crossed the endline and sent it under goalkeeper Joe Bendik for Martinez to tap in.

But three minutes later Orlando was back in front after Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan failed to reach Scott Sutter’s cross, and it fell to Dwyer to head home his second.

Martinez responded 10 minutes after halftime, equalizing by heading down Chris McCann’s cross, but Orlando against needed just three minutes to retake the lead when Dwyer found Cyle Larin with a cross to the back post.

But Martinez, who also scored three times against New England on Wednesday, pulled Atlanta level for a third time by completing his hat trick in the 69th minute when he beat his marker to a low cross and scored at the near post.

Tony Tchani scored in stoppage to haunt his former team and help the Vancouver Whitecaps salvage a 2-2 draw with Columbus Crew SC.

Fredy Montero stayed onside to scored Vancouver’s opener in the 15th minute, but Ola Kamara equalized for Columbus with a leaping flick four minutes later.

Kekuta Manneh, whom Vancouver traded to Columbus for Tchani in March, put the visitors ahead with a blast from distance in the 63rd minute, butTchani stole a point by turning inMontero’s cross in the 92nd minute.

The point kept Vancouver top of the Western Conference ahead of the late games on Saturday, while Columbus stayed fourth in the East.

Sporting Kansas City rallied for a 3-1 win after New England’s Krisztian Nemeth was sent off following a video review.

Teal Bunbury had already put the Revolution ahead in the fourth minute thanks to a massive deflection, but the game changed when Nemeth elbowed Graham Zusi in the face and a brief review confirmed the action worthy of a red card.

Five minutes later, Gerso Fernandes scored from close range to level the score, and Sporting KC took the lead just before the break when Diego Rubio turned in Gerso’s cross with a sliding effort.

Rubio got his second in the 57th minute by tapping home after Benny Feilhaber’s volley came back off the post as SKC joined the pack fighting for the lead in the Western Conference, moving just a point back of Vancouver at the top.

Abu Danladi scored in the 89th minute to lift Minnesota United to a 3-2 win at the Montreal Impact, who suffered a fourth consecutive defeat after an equally long win streak.

Montreal’s Patrice Bernier put a shot into the roof of the net to open the scoring in the ninth minute, and it could have been 2-0 but Bobby Shuttleworth saved Ignacio Piatti’s penalty.

Kevin Molino then converted a penalty to equalize for Minnesota, but early in the second half Montreal again went ahead when Blerim Dzemaili blasted a shot home on the half-volley.

However, Christian Ramirez leveled the score again five minutes later with a header from a tight angle, beforeDanladi completed the comeback by unleashing a rocket inside the far post after controlling the ball in the right side of the box.

The Chicago Fire benefited from a brutal own goal in a 3-0 win over D.C. United.

D.C. rookie Ian Harkes tried to head away Matt Polster’s long throw into the box, but he sent it right past his goalkeeper Bill Hamid for the opening goal in the 23rd minute.

Brandon Vincent doubled Chicago’s lead with a diving header after the hour mark, and Nemanja Nikolic wrapped up the win with a late penalty — his 18th goal of the season to match a club record.

The Fire widened their hold on third place in the East while D.C. remained at the bottom of the East.

FC Dallas shared a goalless draw with the Seattle Sounders.

Kellyn Acosta came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 42nd minute when he forced a diving save from Seattle keeper Stefan Frei with a low shot from distance.

The Sounders missed a chance to go top of the jam-packed West table and instead remain a point back of leaders Vancouver.

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