Bocanegra: Martinez playing every game like it's his last

John and Hugh
August 03, 2018 - 12:16 pm

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Atlanta United VP and Technical Director joined John Fricke and Dave Archer to talk about the success of the MLS All-Star game and the club's upcoming match against Toronto FC.

It was a successful MLS All-Star week for the city of Atlanta, that ended with a record crowd (72,312) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Wednesday night.

“I think it was more of a chance to showcase the city, Mercedes-Benz [Stadium], and the fanbase. I've have many comments from people from the league office and foreign people who were in town just saying 'we've heard about this [organization/fanbase] but we're really excited to experience it. The afterwards, we didn't let them down."

Atlanta United's own, and league-leading scorer, Josef Martinez scored the lone goal for the All-Stars. For Bocanegra, it was just the cherry on top. 

"It's funny how these things work out with the storylines. It was great for Josef to get a goal, and another brave goal. He stuck his head in there with a guy who had a foot up there by his face. He's on a good roll right now, and he's playing every game right now like it's his last."

It's another grueling week as five Atlanta United starters played in the All-Star game on Wednesday, and will now turnaround to play Toronto FC on Saturday. Toronto comes in off a huge season last year and healthier, getting forward Jozy Altidore back.

"[Toronto] were a little bit unlucky with a lot of injuries early in the season so they were forced to play some of their reserves. They're almost full strength now if not full strength, and a team that's in good form. We will be ready for what they throw at us."