Josef Martinez: ‘I have a responsibility for all Latinos, given what’s going on’

The Atlanta United striker discusses breaking MLS’s scoring record, his hopes for this season’s playoffs and the political problems in his native Venezuela

“I like to live peacefully and enjoy life, not just in soccer,” says Josef Martinez reflecting on his time since moving to the United States. You’d be forgiven for being slightly taken aback by that statement, considering the fury with which the Atlanta United striker has played on the way to an MLS record 31 goals this season. And while Martinez brushed off questions about the record during the regular season, he’s more candid as he prepares for Atlanta’s opening game in the MLS playoffs this weekend.

“It was the dream since the first day,” says the Venezuelan. “The coaching staff knew the players we had and we made it a shared goal to break [the record].”

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