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Guzan tough in goal for Atlanta in 0-0 draw with Revolution

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Guzan tough in goal for Atlanta in 0-0 draw with Revolution

FOXBORO, Mass. - Brad Guzan made five saves, barely deflecting Lee Nguyen's free kick in the 87th minute, to give Atlanta United a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Nguyen's long kick from the left side curved left, almost fooling Guzan, but the goalkeeper was able to leap and barely punch it into the crossbar. He made another save off a set piece in stoppage time.

New England (11-15-6), clinging to very slim playoff hopes, controlled possession but couldn't break through against Guzan, who recorded his seventh shutout of the season.

Brad Knighton made two saves and picked up his first shutout in three starts this season.

Atlanta United (15-8-8), which clinched a playoff berth with a win over Philadelphia on Wednesday, picked up a point in its bid to climb the standings and claim a first-round bye. United ran its unbeaten streak to eight while the draw ended the Revolution's six-game home win streak.

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Revs, playing two men down, lose 7-0 to Atlanta United

Revs, playing two men down, lose 7-0 to Atlanta United

ATLANTA - Josef Martinez scored three goals for a first-half half trick and Atlanta United beat the nine-man New England Revolution 7-0 on Wednesday night in the second game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Atlanta (12-8-6) hasn't lost in eight straight home games - with seven victories. New England (10-13-5) hasn't won on the road this season.

Martinez, on loan from the Italian club Torino, has scored 13 goals in 12 games. He opened the scoring in the second minute of the game by running to Miguel Almiron's through ball on a give-and-go, and powering a shot past Cody Cropper from a difficult angle.

Martinez added two more goals on penalty kicks - eight minutes apart - for a 3-0 lead. In the 31st, Je-Vaughn Watson was called for a handball on Greg Garza's shot from distance, and Martinez caught Cropper going the other way. In the 39th, Antonio Mlinar Delamea was given a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, and Martinez calmly rolled it off the crossbar and in.

Anton Walkes scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time for a 4-0 lead. Kevin Kratz, Yamil Asad and Hector Villalba all scored in the second half.

The Revolution received their first red card in the 16th minute after Xavier Kouassi's aggressive challenge on Asad.

Last Sunday, Atlanta opened its new stadium with a 3-0 win over FC Dallas in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,314.