Josef Martinez is off to a great start in the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, playing for Atlanta United FC. He scored his fourth career hat trick in MLS last month when Atlanta United played the Vancouver Whitecaps and won 4-1. Martinez is now chasing John Stern for the most hat tricks in league history (5).
Learn more about Martinez as he and Atlanta United FC ramp up for the next match on April 7 against LAFC (ESPN, 5:00 PM ET).
Q. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?
A. When I scored a hat trick with the Venezuelan national team. That was the first time that they did that in the qualifications for World Cup. There is no way to describe it, there are so many emotions and things going through your head at that moment.
Q. How do you improve yourself as a player?
A. To improve my game I watch the game every time whether it’s a good game or a bad game and I think that’s the key to improvement.
Q. Why did you choose to play soccer?
A. I liked baseball, but my family liked soccer. So I was surrounded by soccer ever since I was four years old. I liked playing baseball, but I think I was better at soccer.
Q. What is the most fun part of soccer?
A. Winning! My dad and my grandfather, and my whole family influenced me to play so I kind of just grew up to love it. I played with my father and my grandfather.
Q. What are your favorite television shows?
I watch very little television, I prefer movies. Gladiator is my favorite movie. I like action movies.