After scoring just under a goal per game in his historic 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP-winning season, it was odd watching Josef Martinez score just once in his first five games in 2019.
Over his last three games, though, Martinez has three goals. Just like the old days.
A match-winning brace against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday gives Martinez four goals on the season. Both goals were different, the first one a poacher's tap-in, and one he paid a price for:
His second was a fine finish in the top corner following a counter, flashing his full skillset yet again:
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Martinez is lurking in the pack in the race for the 2019 Golden Boot presented by Audi, now seven goals behind Carlos Vela and five behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but don't count out the Venezuelan. There's a long season left and the way he scores goals, he can make up ground fast.