Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez reacts to scoring a goal against Orlando City for a 1-0 lead Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Atlanta.
Photo: Curtis Compton/
Photo: Curtis Compton/

Goal-by-goal look at Josef Martinez’s historic MLS season

Josef Martinez has had an historic 2018 season in MLS.

The Atlanta United forward smashed the league’s single-season goal scoring record, winning the coveted Golden Boot. On Wednesday, the Venezuelan star was named the league’s most-valuable player

His 34 goals, ahead of the MLS Cup Saturday in Atlanta, have boosted him above globally renowned strikers Diogo (Buriram United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) this calendar year. 

Here’s a look at how Martinez contributed as the Five Stripes chase history:

March 11 (1) 

Martinez scores his first goal in Atlanta United's second game of the season - a 3-1 effort over D.C. United 

March 17 (4) 

Martinez finds net in minutes 15', 60' and 88' of a 4-1 win over Vancouver 

April 7 (5) 

Martinez scores the second of five Atlanta United goals over Los Angeles FC 

April 21 (6) 

In the 22nd minute, Martinez puts Atlanta United on the board of 2-0 win over LA Galaxy 

May 5 (7) 

Martinez scores the game winner in a 2-1 victory over Chicago 

May 13 (8) 

Martinez finds net with a penalty kick in a 2-1 win over Orlando City 

May 30 (9) 

Martinez gives Atlanta the early lead in a 1-1 tie against New England 

Miguel Almiron jumps on Josef Martinez’s back to celebrate Martinez’s goal for a 1-0 lead against Philadelphia Union Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  
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June 2 (12) 

Martinez scores all 3 goals - 2 off penalty kicks - in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union 

June 9 (13) 

Martinez strikes in the 48th minute of a 1-1 tie against NYCFC 

June 13 (14) 

Martinez scores the first goal of a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew 

June 30 (15) 

In a 4-0 win over Orlando City, Martinez finds the net in the 3rd minute 

July 4 (17) 

Martinez is lone Atlanta United scorer with two goals in a 3-2 loss to Dallas 

July 7 (18) 

Martinez nets a penalty kick in the 58th minute of a 2-0 win over Philadelphia 

July 15 (19) 

Three minutes after the Sounders takes the lead, Martinez scores the equalizer in a 1-1 tie with Seattle 

July 21 (22) 

Within a 43-minute span, Martinez nets three goals (30', 54' and 73') of a 3-1 victory over D.C. United. The hat trick set a new MLS career record (6) 

July 28 (24) 

Martinez puts two in the net in Atlanta's 2-1 win over Montreal Impact 

Aug. 1 (MLS All-Star Game)

Martinez earns the All-Star Game MVP with a 26th-minute goal that tied Juventus at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium 

Aug. 4 (26) 

Martinez scores two, including a penalty kick, in 2-2 tie of Toronto 

Aug. 19 (27) 

Martinez nets the first goal of 3-1 Atlanta United win over Columbus 

Aug. 24 (28) 

In the closing minutes of a 1-all tie, Martinez finds the net for a 2-1 win over Orlando City and breaks the MLS single-season scoring mark 

Sept. 19 (30) 

Martinez scores off a penalty kick in the 70th minute. His strike in the 90th minute gives Atlanta United the 4-3 win over San Jose 

Oct. 28 (31) 

After a 5-game scoring drought, Martinez finds the net in a 4-1 loss to Toronto 

Nov. 11 (33) 

Martinez caps a 2-goal effort at the 83rd minute of a 3-1 win over NYCFC 

Nov. 25 (34) 

Martinez starts off a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls with a goal in the 32nd minute

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