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.
Josef Martinez is just RUNNING away in the race for the Golden Boot race. 🥇👢🏃🏽♂️— Jillian Sakovits (@JillianSakovits) July 5, 2018
17 goals on season. Second place is 11 (Zardes & BWP) #atlutd
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.
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|