A breakout season is defined as a player’s unexpected great performance in a season. In 2018, Josef Martinez had his breakout season when he set a Major League Soccer (MLS) record by scoring 31 goals! This is one of the most impressive goal-scoring seasons in the MLS, and only Carlos Vela has had a season with more goals. What made this accomplishment even more astonishing was that Martinez was only in his second season!
The Venezuelan superstar proved from the moment he arrived at Atlanta United that he would be a terrific player. In his first season, Martinez bagged 19 goals in the 20 games he played – and that was enough proof for fans that he was going to be a star. The following season was his 31-goal achievement. Martinez scored 31 goals in the regular season, but he actually scored 35 goals since he added an extra four in the playoffs. This season is cemented in the MLS record books. Not only was the goal-scoring an impressive feat, but Martinez also became the first player to win the All Star MVP, Regular Season MVP, and the MLS Cup MVP all in the same season! The essential part of that season was that it helped Atlanta win their first title and put the United on the MLS map.
Clearly, Martinez’ impact on the Five Stripes and his injury this season has proved how valuable he is to the team. Without him, Atlanta United found it difficult to find the net, especially during the restart this year. In fact, the team failed to register even one goal in the restart, showing the impact Martinez truly has on the success of the Atlanta United squad.
Martinez’ performances can change the outcome of a game and alter an entire season. Hopefully, the superstar player can recover quickly from his ACL injury and be back in top form. With his incredible talent and competitive spirit, Martinez is the key to bringing success back to the Atlanta United.