Josef Martinez on track for record-breaking season at Atlanta United

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez added two more goals to his growing MLS Golden Boot lead Saturday against FC Dallas, bringing his total to 17 goals this season. Now that most teams have crossed the midpoint of their schedule, it's fair to note Martínez has matched or outdone the pace of the three players who share the all-time single-season scoring record. 

Both Bradley Wright Phillips (2014) and Chris Wondolowski (2012) matched that pace in their record-tying seasons. The third man in their triumverate, Tampa Bay Mutiny striker Roy Lassiter, made a late charge in the league's debut campaign after only posting 13 goals through his first 19 matches that season.

Martínez previously tied Stern John and Diego Serna for most career hat tricks (5), and was the fastest to do so by 21 games. 

Most Goals Through 19 Games

Player Year Through 19 games Season Total
Josef Martinez (ATL) 2018 17 TBD
Nemanja Nikolic (CHI) 2017 16 24
Bradley Wright-Phillips (RBNY) 2016 9 24
Bradley Wright-Phillips (RBNY) 2014 17 27
Chris Wondolowski (SJ) 2012 17 27
Carlos Ruiz (LA) 2002 16 24
Mamadou Diallo (TB) 2000 17 26
Stern John (CLB) 1998 17 26
Roy Lassiter (TB) 1996 13 27