NEW YORK – Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.
It was the second time this season Martinez was named player of the week.
Atlanta United defeated D.C. United 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday, with Martínez recording a historic hat-trick to set a MLS record with six career hat-tricks. In 22 games this season, Martínez is the league’s Golden Boot leader with 22 goals, becoming the first player in MLS history to score 22 goals through the first 22 games in a season. Atlanta United (13-4-5, 44 points) sits first in the Eastern Conference.
Martínez scored his first goal of the match with a 30th-minute equalizer, beating goalkeeper David Ousted to a Héctor Villalba aerial cross and finishing with a header to the left of goal ((Watch Goal). Atlanta took a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute when Martínez finished a deflected cross with another header at the far post (Watch Goal)).
The Venezuelan international demonstrated skills again in the 73rd minute with his third goal of the match to break the MLS record and grab his sixth career hat -trick. Martínez intercepted an attempted clearance from defender Steve Birnbaum and forced Ousted to dive the wrong way with a cutback move, setting up an open net for for the easy finish (Watch Goal).
Atlanta returns to action on Saturday, July 28 to face the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo (7 p.m. ET, TVAS / ESPN+).
The player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.