It was Martinez’s first goal in his last eight appearances, but that hasn’t ended the criticism he’s been receiving from some of the team’s supporters. He has scored six goals in 18 appearances this season.

Martinez said people can think whatever they want. He knows that when the team is in trouble, criticism will be leveled at those who are supposed to score, even if they have bad knees. Martinez was referring to himself and the ACL surgery he underwent in the 2020 season. The injured knee also required surgery in December 2020 and arthroscopic surgery in April this year.

“I just have to keep working with all my teammates,” he said. “We must continue together and I have said this before, but the tree that bears the most fruit is the one that is picked the most. So, but you know we can’t stop, we have to keep working.

New York 2, Atlanta United 1

Manager Gonzalo Pineda has repeatedly defended Martinez’s form and decision-making, including a moment early in the second half of Wednesday’s game when he opted to pass the ball back instead of two teammates. opening on the wing.

Pineda said Wednesday that strikers go through times when their confidence is tested. Now that Martinez has scored, he thinks he’ll start scoring more frequently.

“Obviously he needs a little more confidence,” Pineda said. “Then he also has to leave earlier. There were a few crosses in front of him and he has to get there, that’s for sure. But I think that will come with time. »

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Atlanta United 2022 MLS Schedule

February 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1

March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0

March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1

March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3

April 2 Atlanta United 1, DC United 0

April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0

April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0

April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1

April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1

May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1

May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2

May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1

June 19 Atlanta United 2, Miami 0

June 25 Toronto 2, Atlanta United 1

June 30 New York Red Bulls 2, Atlanta United 1

July 3 Atlanta United 2, NYCFC 2

July 9 Austin 3, Atlanta United 0

July 13 Atlanta United 2, Real Salt Lake 1

July 17 Atlanta United 1, Orlando 1

July 24 LA Galaxy 2, Atlanta United 0

July 30 Atlanta United 0, Chicago 0

Aug. 6 Atlanta United 2, Seattle 1

August 13 Atlanta United 2, Cincinnati 2

August 17 New York Red Bulls 2, Atlanta United 1

August 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1

Aug. 28 vs. DC United, 4 p.m. UNIV

Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1

Sept. 4 in Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

September 10 c. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

September 14 in Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE

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