Josef Martinez continues to impress.
On Sunday, the 25-year-old Venezuelan striker tied the MLS single-season record for most goals scored with 27.
The record-tying score came in the first half of Atlanta’s matchup with Columbus and allowed United FC to take the early advantage over the hosting Crew SC.
There it is! @JosefMartinez17 ties the record for most goals scored in a single MLS season. #ATLvCLB https://t.co/BQmGbjuEcG
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 19, 2018
Atlanta went on to defeat Columbus 3-1 with goals from Héctor Villalba and Miguel Almirón, as well. Gyasi Zardes scored the Crew’s lone goal.
Martinez, a 2017 finalist for MLS Newcomer of the Year, joined the likes of Americans Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski. Lassiter set the record in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Wondolowski tied it while playing in San Jose. The last person to join those ranks before Martinez was Englishmen Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2014 with the New York Red Bulls.