Josef Martinez is one of the hottest players of the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, playing for Atlanta United FC. He broke the single-season scoring record earlier this year and was named the August MLS Player of the Month. He's also helped his team advance in the MLS Cup playoffs. Atlanta United FC will face the New York Red Bulls this month in the Eastern Conference Final. Whoever wins will compete in the MLS Cup on December 8, 2018.
Atlanta United FC leads the league with 63 points and are among the highest-scoring teams in the league.
Learn more about Josef Martinez from when we put him in the Continental Tire Soccer Spotlight earlier this year.
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.