HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on loan from Torino on February 2, 2017. The loan deal includes a club option to purchase.
The Venezuelan forward won three Most Valuable Player awards (MLS season, MLS All-Star Game, MLS Cup) and claimed the Golden Boot by setting the league’s all-time single-season scoring record with 31 goals. Martinez, who had 35 total goals, registered three hat tricks in 2018, giving him an MLS career record of six. He is the fastest player in league history to reach those milestones.
INTERNATIONAL: Martinez made his Venezuelan National Team debut on Aug. 7, 2011 in a friendly against El Salvador. Since then he has represented La Vinotinto in World Cup Qualification matches for 2014 Brazil and 2018 Russia, and Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. At the Copa America Centenario, Martinez scored the game-winner against Jamaica in a group stage match at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 5, 2016. The strike helped Venezuela advance to the knockout round after finishing second in Group C, behind Argentina. In 16 World Cup Qualifying matches he has scored five goals.
OUTSIDE MLS: Martinez joined Atlanta United with more than 100 professional appearances spread across the first divisions of Venezuela, Switzerland and Italy. In his three seasons with Torino, Martinez scored 13 goals while adding six assists in 76 combined appearances. He burst onto the scene in Italy as a 21-year-old when he netted seven goals with three assists in 40 combined appearances for the 2014-15 campaign. Martinez followed that performance with another four goals and three assists in just 23 appearances last season. The Valencia-born forward made his professional debut with Caracas FC of Venezuela’s Primera Division in 2010. Martinez transferred to Young Boys of the Swiss Super League in 2012. After making 21 combined appearances over two seasons with club, he was loaned to fellow Swiss club FC Thun. There he scored eight goals in 18 games in the 2013-14 season and was temporarily the league’s top-scorer. Martinez was then recalled by Young Boys for the duration of the season where he scored twice and added four assists over 18 matches. In the summer of 2014, Martinez transferred to Torino.
NOTES: MLS All-Star (2018); Landon Donovan MVP (2018), MLS Golden Boot (2018), MLS Best XI (2018)