Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez has set a new record for a single-season goals record in the Major League Season (MLS) after he netted his 28th goal on Friday night.
The 25-year-old scored in the 74th minute to record goal no. 28 in his club’s 2-1 win at Orlando City.
The Venezuelan star had matched the previous record of 27 goals by scoring against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday.
The previous record was set by Roy Lassiter in the inaugural MLS season in 1996 and matched by the duo of Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
“It’s a big relief for me.” Martinez said after the game.
His strike against Orlando City on Friday night was his 47th in 46 career regular-season MLS games thus extending his MLS record for a player in his first two seasons.
On the feat, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino told reporters: “We knew Josef was going to break the record, it was just a matter of he did it sooner or later.”
“The good thing is he did it sooner, so now this will calm him down. On top of that he did it with a very nice goal.” He added.
In addition to the new record, he has now scored in nine straight league games to match the record set by Diego Valeri in the colours of Portland Timbers last year.