Josef Martinez has continued his amazing goal scoring record in the MLS.
The 26-year-old Venezuelan has been a revelation for Atlanta United since his arrival.
He arrived from Torino, for a fee of 4.5 million Euros. In return, he has scored 80 goals in 89 appearances for Atlanta. As well as nine assists.
Atlanta is the defending MLS champions largely due to his goal contribution.
In a report from ESPN, he scored in Sunday nights game against the Portland Timbers. That was his 11th straight game in which he scored.
It also helped his team to a seventh victory in their last eight games. Better still it propelled them to the top of the Eastern conference division on goal difference.
The goal was in fact Martinez’s 21st league goal of the season. He has bagged five more in other competitions. That’s 26 so far in all competitions.
Last season, saw him find the back of the net 35 times in 39 games.
Its is easily foreseeable that United will play as many games again this season.
He holds the record for the most regular-season (not including playoff and cup games) goals in one season at 31.
It is not difficult in seeing the Venezsualan international breaking that record this season, given his current scoring rate. Or even firing his club to another championship on the back of his goals.
What does seem amazing, is that no European clubs have come calling to bring Martinez back to the big leagues.
His time at Torino was by no means meager. He player 76 top-flight games, and scored 13 goals with 6 assists.
Granted there is a big difference in the quality of defensive players that he faces in the MLS compared to Serie A.
But surely it is only a matter of time before he gets another chance to shine in one of Europe’s elite leagues?