Conti: Martinez on pace to 'shatter' MLS goal record

John and Hugh
July 23, 2018 - 9:38 am

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Play-by-play voice of Atlanta United, Mike Conti, joined The Morning Show with John and Hugh to talk about the MLS-record-breaking day for Josef Martinez.

Atlanta United bounced back with a 3-1 win at home against D.C. United on Saturday after three more goals from Josef Martinez. The hat trick moved him atop the league record with six (in only 42 games). Martinez also leads the league in goals scored this season with 22, nine ahead of the next highest scorer.

"The questions now is: 'Is he going to go over 30 goals' which has never been done in MLS (27 is the record). If he keeps this 'goal-per-game pace, he's going to end with 34 goals on the season, seven more than anyone else in the history of MLS. So it's not just breaking the record; it's shattering it." 

With his record-setting season, one would think that Martinez is a lock for the Golden Boot this season. However, Mike said there may be one reason some people around the league may not be giving him the credit he deserves.

"Strikers don't get a lot of consideration for league MVP because it's perceived as though they're basically just converitng balls that are just served up to them," said Conti. "But if you're really paying attention to what he's doing, he's doing more than what an ordinary striker does."

Andrew Carleton made his first career MLS start in place of Ezequiel Barco, who was left out of the lineup as a disciplinary measure. The 18-year-old native of Powder Springs looked like he fit right in on Saturday.

"He did a great job, and honestly, probably earned himself another Saturday in Montreal," said Conti. "Sounds like Barco is not going to play."