Pity Martinez concluded his time at River Plate on Saturday by coming off the bench and scoring two goals against Kashima Antlers in the FIFA Club World Cup Third Place game.
The midfielder, who is almost assuredly on his way to MLS this winter, came on in the 70th minute and notched a brace in his side’s 4-0 win.
The first goal came just three minutes after stepping on the field, calmly slotting a first-time finish into the roof of the net.
However, it was his second goal of the night that really had everyone talking. His last one in a River Plate shirt is possibly up there with his best.
Pity Martinez with an absolutely disgusting chip to finish out his brace and his tenure with River Plate.— MLS Transfer Buzz (@MLStransferbuzz) December 22, 2018
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Coming in off the left flank, he expertly chipped the goalkeeper with a perfectly weighted shot. It’s this type of creativity and ingenuity that caused Atlanta to pay a reported $17 million release clause to secure his signature.
Now that his obligations to his club are complete, we wait for an official announcement from either side on the long rumored deal.