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Kick Off: Martinez ties goals record | DCU win again | West leaders roll

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

Martinez matches record in ATL win

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Atlanta United goal monster Josef Martinez pulled level with the single-season MLS record on Sunday, notching his 27th of the year to kick off a 3-1 home win over Columbus. Though late strikes from Tito Villalba and Miguel Almiron secured the margin of victory, everyone in the home clubhouse wanted to crow about the rare and stunning form of Martinez this season. READ MORE | RECAP

LAFC, DCU post matching Sunday Ws

Lee Nguyen and Diego Rossi netted second half goals as LAFC made it two home shutout victories in four days with a 2-0 success against Colorado on Sunday night. Capping a weekend that saw each of the top four in the West notch wins, Bob Bradley’s bunch stayed within three points of leaders FC Dallas. RECAP

Surging side D.C. United have three wins in a row for the first time this season after topping Sunday guests New England, 2-0. Bobby Warshaw writes that Wayne Rooney is making everyone better around him like a proper superstar should. READ MORE | RECAP

Big Apple boys drop points away

Philadelphia won for the third time in four games, keeping hold of fifth place in the East with a 2-0 triumph over New York City FC. NYCFC boss Dome Torrent, whose side has won just once in four, was left to question his own methods following another frustrating display. READ MORE | RECAP

The New York Red Bulls only mildly capitalized on the slip of their city rival, settling for a 2-2 draw at Vancouver. After Kendall Waston had put the hosts up by completing a brace, Daniel Royer answered near time with his second of the game. RECAP

Sounders crush the Galaxy

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Seattle crept closer to the playoff zone by posting their club-record sixth straight win, routing the LA Galaxy, 5-0, at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. The two-time defending Western champs are now but two points out of the last playoff spot, and in-form midfielder Harry Shipp insists that no one will be getting complacent in the clubhouse just because they’ve had a nice late summer run. READ MORE | RECAP

FCD, SKC get stingy at home

A couple familiar Western Conference contenders each enhanced their playoff standings with shutout victories at home. The duo was led by first-place FC Dallas, who stayed three points above the chasing pack by easing to a weather-delayed 2-0 win over Saturday guests Minnesota United. RECAP

Up in Kansas City, Diego Rubio hit twice to lead Sporting KC to their third straight win, a 3-0 decision against visiting Portland. The result narrowly kept the Children’s Mercy Park crew in second place in the West. RECAP

RSL, Montreal leave it very late

Real Salt Lake playmaker Albert Rusnak became the first MLS player to strike for an equalizer and a winnner during stoppage time of the same game in their 2-1 defeat of Saturday hosts Houston. The decisive display came on the heels of a tense halftime interview in which Rusnak called out his team for wastefulness. READ MORE | RECAP

Rusnak’s weren’t the only late heroics as Daniel Lovitz bagged the last-minute winner to lift Montreal to a 2-1 victory over visiting Chicago. The result moved the Impact four points clear of New England for the final playoff spot in the East. RECAP

Late Wondo strike knots up TFC

Chris Wondolowski scored with 13 minutes left to earn San Jose a 1-1 home draw with Toronto FC. The defending champs are now winless in three and nine points shy of the playoff zone. Wondo, meanwhile, is four goals away from matching Landon Donovan’s all-time goals record of 145. RECAP

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch:

5dede823-23f0-4af8-a17c-b6afa13f5145.jpg Instant Analysis: Heath Pearce joins Andrew and Bobby to discuss Saturday’s results

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