Josef Martinez has been redhot this summer. (Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez was voted the MLS player of the month by members of the media for August. Martinez was also named player of the month for July, it was announced Wednesday.
During August, Martinez scored four goals and added one assist over three matches. His 28 goals set a MLS season record, while his nine consecutive matches with a goal scored also tied an MLS record. The 25-year-old Venezuelan continues to lead the MLS Golden Boot race with 28 goals through 27 matches, including a league-best nine game-winning goals.
He began the month with a brace in Atlanta’s 2-2 home draw against Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Aug. 4. Martinez pulled Atlanta even at 1-1 with a penalty kick goal in the 53rd minute (Watch Goal) before giving his team a 2-1 advantage with a diving header in the 67th minute (Watch Goal).
Two weeks later, Martinez contributed to Atlanta’s 3-1 home victory over Columbus Crew SC Aug. 19 with a goal and an assist. Martinez opened the match with a goal in the 31st minute to tie the league’s season goal record (Watch Goal). Atlanta then took a 3-1 lead in the 82nd minute when Martinez assisted Miguel Almirón’s long-distance strike (Watch Assist).
The Venezuelan national team star capped the month with a record-breaking performance in Atlanta’s 2-1 road victory over Orlando City SC Aug. 24. With the match even well into the second half, Martinez scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute with a beautiful chip from the center of the box (Watch Goal). The goal broke the MLS season scoring record and tied the MLS consecutive games scored mark.
Martinez has been named MLS player of the week four times this season. He was the only player to be selected player of the month twice in 2017.
Atlanta sits in second place in the Supporters’ Shield standings with 54 points (16-5-6) and returns to action at the Colorado Rapids Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The MLS player of the month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.