Josef Martínez climbs MLS record books with Inter Miami golazo
Josef Martínez and head-turning strikes simply go together.
The Venezuelan goalscorer was signed by Inter Miami in January, 2023 ahead of the Club’s fourth season in the league after six seasons with Atlanta United.
Martínez compiled an extensive list of accomplishments in his six seasons with Atlanta. Notably, he was named to the MLS Best XI each of his first three seasons in the league, an All-Star in 2018 and 2019, and was named Landon Donovan MLS MVP and led Atlanta to an MLS Cup title in 2018 as the MLS Cup MVP. He also helped guide the team to U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup titles in 2019, won MLS golden boot with 31 goals in 2018, won MLS Goal of the Year in 2019 and 2022, holds the league’s all-time hat trick record with six and single-season mark with three (2017 and 2018), and became the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals in all competitions, reaching the mark in just 125 games.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Martínez spent three seasons with Italian Serie A club Torino FC. He made 76 appearances across all competitions for the team, registering 13 goals and six assists in the process. Notably, he featured in 13 UEFA Europa League matches for the team.
Martínez spent the previous three seasons in the Swiss Super League, featuring for BSC Young Boys and FC Thun. In his time with the two clubs, he tallied 13 goals and nine assists in 70 appearances.
The forward began his career in his native Venezuela with Caracas FC, where he came through the youth ranks and made his professional debut in 2010. Overall, he scored nine goals and registered five assists across 42 appearances for the team, including five appearances in the prestigious CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores.
On the international level, the Valencia, Venezuela native has represented La Vinotinto 60 times, netting 13 goals and notching three assists. He has featured for the team in three editions of the CONMEBOL Copa América, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies.