Atlanta United's Josef Martinez wins 2019 AT&T Goal of the Year

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez finished the regular season with 27 goals, and it’s his penultimate one that's earned the title of 2019 AT&T Goal of the Year, as voted by league fans.

The winning strike came in a 2-0 victory over expansion side FC Cincinnati on Sept. 18, after the Venezuelan gracefully cushioned a through ball from Julian Gressel with his heel. The 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP then cut back onto his left foot, juked past a defender and curled home into the far-side netting past Cincy goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

That strike helped Martinez reach 77 goals through 83 regular-season games for Atlanta, reaffirming his place as an elite striker in the league. At one point this year, Martinez logged a 15-game scoring streak that prematurely ended when he went down injured in a 3-1 win over San Jose on Sept. 21. The Designated Player has since recovered as the Five Stripes look to defend their MLS Cup title in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Along the way, Martinez finished third in the Golden Boot race presented by Audi, trailing LAFC forward Carlos Vela (34) and LA Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic (30). Both Vela and Ibrahimovic were also firmly in the AT&T Goal of the Year hunt, but ultimately the Atlanta faithful powered Martinez to the top.

This is the second time in three years that Atlanta has taken home the title of AT&T Goal of the Year, following Tito Villalba won in 2017.

AT&T Goal of the Year Winners

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