Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez netted for the 11th successive MLS game on Sunday night as his side defeated Portland Timbers 2-0.


With Sunday’s strike, Martinez set the MLS record for goals scored in consecutive games, overtaking previous record holder Diego Valeri.

Josef Martinez

The Venezuelan has been in red-hot form this season and continued his scoring run when he fired past Portland goalkeeper Steve Clarke in the 46th minute after good work from Julian Gressell.


This was the 16th goal Martinez has netted in this eleven-game span, a truly phenomenal run of form. His electrifying pace and composure in front of goal have been contributing factors to his success, and it's likely that his antics will be catching the attention of a number of European clubs.


The 26-year-old's goal was Atlanta's second of the game, with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez's stroke having already given his side the lead. Atlanta now sit top of the Eastern Conference following the win at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

 

Martinez's goalscoring run is sensational to say the least, but is certainly no flash in the pan - as he has been prolific since arriving in MLS. He scored a record breaking 31 goals last term, which, just like this season, included another remarkable run as he netted 19 goals in just 20 games in his full debut season.


He will be hoping to continue his record goalscoring run as he aims to overtake current league top scorer ​Carlos Vela, who has netted 24 times for Los Angeles so far, three ahead of Martinez’s total.

Carlos Vela,Kim Kee-Hee

Martinez, though, will have the opportunity to extend his scoring the run to 12 games, when he and his defending MLS Cup champions teammates face Orlando City on Friday.