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ATL’s Martinez bags first half hat trick, Revs have two sent off (video)

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Who needs an MLS Snapshot when a score line reads 4-0 at halftime and the home team finishes the first 45 minutes up two men.

That’s right, two.

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The New England Revolution, with their playoff lives hanging in the balance, allowed a hat trick to Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and a fourth goal to on-loan Spurs man Anton Walkes in the first half at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Georgia.

They went on to lose 7-0, as Hector Villalba, Kevin Kratz, and Yamil Asad scored in the second half.

Martinez, 24, arrived in Atlanta from Torino before the season. The Venezuelan now has 13 goals and an assist in 13 MLS matches.

As if a four-deep hole wasn’t enough of an obstacle, New England saw two players sent off via VAR: Xavier Kouassi and Antonio Mlinar Delamea.

Kouassi saw straight red for a foul upon video review, while Delamea picked up his for DOGSO on Martinez’s penalty. It was 1-0 when Kouassi was sent off and 2-0 when Delamea left the match.

Enjoy this while you can, because scouts abroad will be salivating at the prospect of Atlanta’s Martinez and teammates Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta MLS club lands 19-year-old defender from Tottenham

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ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta United has acquired center back Anton Walkes on loan from Tottenham of the English Premier League.

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The 19-year-old defender has spent his entire youth career with Tottenham. His run with the senior team began last summer in the International Champions Cup, and he also subbed in during the third round of EFL Cup. Walkes has made 12 appearances for Tottenham’s reserves in Premier League 2 this season.

Atlanta United is one of two expansion teams preparing for debuts in Major League Soccer.