KENNESAW, Ga. — Pity Martinez showed up big for Atlanta United.

After a rocky start with his new club on and off the pitch, Pity found the net first in Atlanta United's 2-0 win over St. Louis FC at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

United advances to the tournament semifinals with the win.


Pity's surname counterpart, Josef Martinez, found the net after that to put the U.S. Open quarterfinals match in the bag.


The U.S. Open cup pits United against lesser-matched teams from the lowly United Soccer League on the road to a championship.

That may not get supporters too amped for each and every twist and turn in the tournament, but winning sure is better than getting upset by a club that has no business sharing the pitch with you.

So, yeah. It doesn't quite have the same thrill. Atlanta United manager Frank De Boer still wants to wrap his Dutch arms around any trophy his team can claim.

"I'm eager to win every title, cup, we can win," Atlanta United manager Frank De Boer said after the match. "I think we have the possibility to do that with a club like Atlanta United, so we have to go for it."

Pity and Josef Martinez don't just have their last names in common. Both players also skipped out on the media availability after the match in which they each scored a goal.

Maybe we'll hear from them after their next MLS match instead.

Atlanta United plays at Seattle on Sunday, coming off a loss and a draw.