1. Martinez hits 30
Wednesday was chock full of soccer action, including the inaugural Campeones Cup and Philadelphia snapping Seattle’s record-setting win streak. Throw in the wild Atlanta-San Jose match, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an unpredictable Wednesday night.
One event that got slightly overlooked amidst all the action? Josef Martinez scoring his 29th and 30th goals this season. Martinez converted a penalty in the 70th minute, immediately after the crucial VAR decision overturned San Jose’s fourth goal. Then, deep into second-half stoppage time, Almiron crossed the ball into the box for Martinez to find the game-winning goal.
Martinez now has 30 goals this season. His brace on Wednesday night ended a season-high drought of two matches without a goal. With five games left this season, Martinez has the opportunity to add to his record-setting total.
He has ten career goals against Atlanta’s final five opponents across nine matches, so it is very possible he can get up to 35 goals. That would be quite the achievement.