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MLS: Columbus Crew at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United dispatched a plucky Columbus Crew team SUnday afternoon to regain top spot in the Eastern Conference and the race for the Supporters’ Shield. The Crew are still yet to beat Atlanta in a regular season matchup, Atlanta will no doubt want to avoid Columbus in the playoffs again. Atlanta was buoyed in the match by goals form its three big attacking stars in Miguel Almiron, Tito Villalba, and...

Man of the Match: Josef Martinez

Who else? Martinez is always Man of the Match these days, especially when he’s tying prestigious league records. His goal in the 31st minute, which gave Atlanta a bug lift when it needed it, was one of the more impressive strikes Martinez has had in Atlanta. After carrying the ball 25+ yards, Martinez cut onto his left foot and unleashed a perfectly placed shot that curled into the bottom corner past one of the best goalkeepers in the league in Zack Steffen.

Full player ratings:

Brad Guzan: 7.59

Franco Escobar: 7.28

Michael Parkhurst: 7.26

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez: 7.39

Chris McCann: 6.71

Jeff Larentowicz: 7.32

Eric Remedi: 7.56

Julian Gressel: 7.56

Miguel Almiron: 8.46

Tito Villalba: 8.52

Josef Martinez: 9.14

Ezequiel Barco: 6.63

Kevin Kratz: 6.20

Miles Robinson: 6.04