MLS Review: Martinez continues record scoring pace, LA clubs run riot

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Kevin C. Cox
The Atlanta United forward netted for the 18th time in 20 matches, keeping up his record pace while the LA sides rolled on Saturday

Josef Martinez was at it again on Saturday night, scoring from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win for Atlanta United against the Philadelphia Union. 

It was the 18th time in 20 matches that the Venezuela national team member has found the net, putting him on a record pace for MLS single-season goals. 

Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014) are the join record holders for single-season scoring in the league having each hit 27 goals in a season. 

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Martinez still has plenty of work to do and will need to strike 10 times in the last 14 games of the season to top the all-time scoring mark, but that total seems well withing reach. 

He wasn't the only lead striker on the board on Saturday, two of LA's news star both finding the net in winning efforts. 

Adama Diomande made it five goals in three games for LAFC while Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck from the spot for the Galaxy in a winning effort against the Columbus Crew.

Ibrahimovic had plenty of help, with Romain Alessandrini scoring a double and Ola Kamara finding the net in a comfortable 4-0 win. 

Diomande's opener was followed by a Latif Blessing strike to put LAFC two goals up, but Sacha Kljestan pulled one back on the hour mark.

Dom Dwyer's equalizer for Orlando City was ruled out after video review, with Diomande netting his second and Diego Rossi finding a goal to secure a 4-1 win. 

Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City played out a 2-2 draw on the night, with Jonathan Osorio opening the scoring for TFC before goals from Ilie Sanchez and Johnny Russell pulled SKC out in front.  

Jordan Hamilton found the equalizer for Toronto with a lovely curling effort to split the spoils on the night. 

The Houston Dynamo made easy work of Minnesota United, taking a 3-0 win. 

Philippe Senderos continued his scoring ways with a brace and Alberth Elis scored two minutes into stoppage time to finish the match off. 

The Montreal Impact took a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, Saphir Taider scoring both goals in the win.

Real Salt Lake took a 2-0 win over FC Dallas. Albert Rusnak opened the scoring from the spot, with Luis Silva netting in stoppage time to secure the result.

The Vancouver Whitecaps topped the Chicago Fire with Kei Kamara scoring twice and Jordon Mutch finding the net in 3-2 win. 

The Portland Timbers got two goals from Samuel Armenteros in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. 

In New England, the Revolution worked out a 0-0 draw with the Seattle Sounders. 

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