MLS' Goal Scoring Machine, The Best Ever
Could Atlanta's Josef Martinez be the best MLS finisher of all-time?
Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez is making a case for himself not only as this year’s MVP, but also as potentially the greatest goalscorer MLS has ever seen. In 2018, the Venezuelan international has already netted 26 goals in 24 games, approaching Atlanta’s match against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, TSN / FOX Sports Southeast).
With sights set on reaching and surpassing the all-time single season scoring record, Martinez is only one goal away from hitting the mark of 27 held by Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), and Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls).
Finding the back of the net has become almost an expected occurrence for Martinez, who in the last seven games has scored 12 times to nearly average two goals per outing over that span. This season, the 25-year-old has notched his sixth career hat trick to eclipse the league record, and his 45 goals are the most in MLS history over a two-season span, equaling David Villa’s 45 goals over 2016 and 2017.
With 10 games remaining and one goal shy of the single-season record, will Martinez crown himself the best scorer in MLS history?
(from MLS News, Aug.13)