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Goal leader Martinez to miss 4-6 weeks

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez celebrates his second of two goals against the Chicago Fire during an MLS soccer match Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, who leads the MLS with five goals, will miss four to six weeks with a left quad injury.

The team says Martinez, a native of Venezuela, suffered the injury last week when playing for the Venezuelan National Team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Martinez has led Atlanta United, which plays at Seattle on Friday, to a 2-1 start as an expansion team. He had a hat trick in a 6-1 win over Minnesota United. He added two goals in a 4-0 win over Chicago.


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