- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - In front of the largest crowd to attend a stand-alone MLS match, Josef Martinez had his second hat trick in a row and his third of the season to help Atlanta United hold on for a 3-3 draw against Orlando City on Saturday.

Atlanta United (12-8-7) set the record with 70,425 on hand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The previous record was held by the Los Angeles Galaxy for the 69,255 who attended their first-ever match at the Rose Bowl in 1996. The United’s stadium opened last month.

Martinez scored in the 36th, 55th and 69th minutes, each time tying the score after an Orlando City goal. Dom Dwyer had a pair of first-half goals and Cyle Larin made it 3-2 in the 58th minute for Orlando (9-12-8).


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Martinez’s last three-goal performance came Wednesday in a 7-0 win against New England. He had his first hat trick of the season in a 6-1 win against Minnesota United on March 12.

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