NEW YORK — Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
Martínez scored his 28th goal of the season in Atlanta’s 2-1 road win over Orlando City SC on Friday, setting the MLS season goal scoring record. It was Martínez’s ninth consecutive match with a goal, equaling the all-time MLS record as well. Atlanta leads the league with 54 points (16-4-6 overall) and has a 14-1-4 mark this season when Martínez scores a goal.
The Venezuelan national team forward scored his league-leading ninth game-winning-goal in the 74th minute after both clubs tallied first half goals. Midfielder Julian Gressel played a ball just outside the penalty area to Martínez. Martínez eluded a defender and goalkeeper Joe Bendik with a quick cut towards the center of the box. The 25-year-old forward then chipped a shot into the back of the net and celebrated his record-breaking goal in front of the visiting supporters section (Watch Goal).
Martínez attempted five shots, two on goal. Martínez leads MLS with 47 shots on goal and is tied for seventh with 77 total shots for a 61-percent shots on goal percentage.
Atlanta visits D.C. United at Audi Field Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Sports Go / FOX Deportes / TSN2).
The MLS player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the NASR.