ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After playing superbly for Atlanta United FC’s recent games since returning from an ACL injury, star striker Josef Martinez is set to bring his scoring act for Venezuela in its World Cup Qualifying matches this year.
Martinez has been called to play for the Venezuela national team by manager José Peseiro for two World Cup Qualifying matches against Bolivia on June 3 and Uruguay on June 8.
The inclusion of Martinez to the Venezuela soccer team is a huge boost for the team since the veteran midfielder has made 51 career appearances for Venezuela and recorded 11 goals and three assists, including five goals in 21 World Cup Qualifying matches.
Last May 23, Martinez proved he deserved his huge pay for the United as he carried his team to salvage a 1-1 draw against the home team Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field.
Martinez scored his second goal in the young Major League Season via penalty kick in the 86th minute of the exciting game.
Martinez got the chance for a penalty kick after Brad Smith took down Brooks Lennon.
The goal is sweet for the Venezuelan striker since it is his s 79th career MLS goal, the most in Atlanta history.
The goal is also a morale booster for United (2-1-3, 9 points) since it is also the first conceded at home by Seattle in four home matches and only
the third overall.
The visiting United started strong in the game but it was Raul Ruidiaz who scored his team-leading sixth goal in the sixth minute for Seattle (5-0-2, 17 points), which still completed its best seven-match start to an MLS season.
After the goal of Ruidiaz, it was a seesaw battle for the two teams until Matinez scored the penalty kick.
The draw came after United scored a 1-0 dramatic win against CF Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last May 15.