Parkhurst: Fun to play with most prolific, dangerous forward MLS has seen

Atlanta United captain talks Josef Martinez and playoffs

Wendy Adams
August 29, 2018 - 12:25 pm

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Atlanta United is back in action this weekend in a road match against D.C. United on Sunday. Leading MLS with 54-points, the club needs only three-points to clinch a playoff spot.

Team Captain and defender Michael Parkhurst joined John and Hugh on Wednesday to talk about the highly anticipated match, one that could lock up a playoff berth:

"We know we can clinch a playoff spot this week but that's really of no importance to us. We expect ourselves to be in the playoffs; that's a very minor goal of our team. We've got our sights set on much greater things so we're excited. We understand we have high expectations and want to give ourselves the best opportunity to go far into the playoffs. Getting that first round bye is very important which means we need to stay in the top two."

With the NY Red Bulls sitting two points back and NYCFC six points behind, Parkhurst knows teams are still within reach.

"There's no rest for the weary. We've got to take every game like it's the last one. We want to win the Supporters' Shield; it would be the first trophy in club history. Of course, it's not the MLS Cup but it's something to be proud of. It's a trophy. As a club, you want to win trophies; as players, as a team."

Josef Martinez was named MLS Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after breaking the league's single-season goal record against Orlando City SC last week. (It's also up for goal of the week):

For Parkhurst, it was an amazing moment to witness:

"The way he did it too; just no pressure, so cool to take three touches, two different fakes on the goalkeeper, trip it over him, stare him down. Very excited for him."

He's also glad Martinez was able to break the single-season record right away instead of it lingering to the next match. "We knew he was going to break the record. I'm just happy he was able to do it right away. I think that takes the pressure off him, and people can stop talking about it. [Now> he can go out there and play free...But it's incredible. You know, the most prolific, most dangerous forward the league has ever seen. It's fun to be on his team that's for sure."