July 21, 2018 - Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez (7) gets past D.C. United goalkeeper David Ousted (1) to shoot for his 6th career MLS hat trick during the second half in a MLS soccer game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Three more goals from Josef Martinez set a new MLS record lifted Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta United’s Martinez honored with MLS award

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez was named the MLS Player of the Month on Friday.

Martinez was honored because he scored nine goals and added an assist in five games in July. He also scored the lone goal for the All-Stars in Wednesday’s game against Juventus.

Martinez has 24 goals this season and needs just four more to break the league’s single-season goal record. Atlanta United will host Toronto on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United leads MLS in points (47).

Martinez faced stiff competition in the voting from L.A. Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6 goals, 3 assists) and Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero (6 goals, 6 assists).