Josef Martinez - Atlanta United - taking a shot

Josef Martinez is all-time leader in some impressive goal-scoring metrics

You might already know Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez became the quickest player in MLS history to record his fifth hat trick, doing so in his 34th MLS game in the Five Stripes' 3-1 win Saturday night over the Philadelphia Union.

Turns out, that's not the only way Martinez has a chance to make league history, according to MLS' Week 15 News and Notes.

Martinez's next hat trick would be his sixth in MLS, and would make him the sole career leader in the stat. He currently sits tied on five with Stern John and Diego Serna. And with two hat tricks this season, Martinez is half of the way to setting a new single-season hat trick record. (He had three last season, which also ties him with Serna, John and others.)

Hat Tricks, MLS Career (League Games)

Player Years Games Hats
Josef Martínez 2017-2018 34 5
Stern John 1998-1999 55 5
Diego Serna 1998-2005 124 5

Then there's a matter of overall scoring rate. Martinez leads all MLS players to play at least 20 matches in career goals scored per appearance (0.91) and goals scored per 90 minutes played (1.03). You can take a Stern guess who is runner-up in those categories as well.

Goals Per Game (Career Leaders)

Player Team GP Goals Avg
Josef Martínez ATL 34 31 0.91
Stern John CLB 55 44 0.80
David Villa NYC 105 71 0.68
Robbie Keane LA 125 83 0.66
Nemanja Nikolic CHI 47 30 0.64
Didier Drogba MTL 33 21 0.64
Mamadou Diallo NYR* 74 47 0.64
Bradley Wright-Phillips NYR 151 95 0.63
Sebastian Giovinco TOR 95 58 0.61
Taylor Twellman NE 174 101 0.58

Goals Per 90 Minutes (Career Leaders)

Player Team Min Goals Avg
Josef Martinez ATL 2707 31 1.03
Stern John CLB 4463 44 0.89
Didier Drogba MTL 2520 21 0.75
David Villa NYC 8731 71 0.73
Mamadou Diallo NYR* 5846 47 0.72
Bradley Wright-Phillips NYR 11906 95 0.72
Robbie Keane LA 10808 83 0.69
Nemanja Nikolic CHI 3985 30 0.68
Sebastian Giovinco TOR 7999 58 0.65
Musa Shannon COL* 2830 20 0.64

Stern John eventually parlayed his two years of MLS success into a long career in England, so it's fair to wonder whether he could've produced at his same MLS rate had he remained in North America.

The same may be asked of Martinez going forward as well. Though opposing MLS defenses this season will do so at their peril.

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