On September 19th, there were reports that Newcastle were scouting Atlanta United’s prolific striker Josef Martinez. Since this was Miguel Almiron’s former MLS teammate, the link seemed to have something in it.
Just two days later, Josef Martinez collided with teammate Pity Martinez and suffered a knee injury that was initially thought to be serious.
potentially serious knee injury to star @ATLUTD striker Josef Martinez . really hate to see this on so many levels, was also in middle of scoring in 15 straight games – an MLS record. positive vibes ? pic.twitter.com/BiMA1Kwu2G
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) September 21, 2019
It looks like everything is ok with Martinez as he returned to training for Atlanta United on Wednesday. Atlanta have their final game of the season this Sunday as they prepare for the playoffs scheduled to begin on October 19th.
Welcome back, King ?? pic.twitter.com/sMXDu1nEx7
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) October 2, 2019
Josef Martinez set the record for the most goals in an MLS season with 31 in 34 appearances last season. This year he has added 26 goals in the league.
Martinez’s goal record could be eclipsed this Sunday by former Arsenal winger Carlos Vela. Vela tied the record this past weekend when he bagged his 31st goal in just 30 appearances, primarily as a right winger.
Take a bow, Carlos.
— LAFC (@LAFC) September 30, 2019
Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not far behind as he scored his 29th goal of the season this weekend for the LA Galaxy. That brings his MLS tally to 50 goals in 54 games.
? 54 Games
?? 50 Goals
? 13 Assists
? Still got it at 37 years old. pic.twitter.com/LpbiypIrZH
— Football For All (@FootballForAlI) September 30, 2019
No one can accuse the MLS of being very sound defensively.
Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For September?
- Fabian Schar (65%, 383 )
- Christian Atsu (13%, 78 )
- Paul Dummett (12%, 70 )
- Jetro Willems (5%, 31 )
- Isaac Hayden (5%, 28 )
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