The Venezuela National Team player scored nine goals in September, leading Atlanta United to an unbeaten 5-0-2 record in the month while scoring a goal in all but two matches. Martínez is fourth in the Golden Boot race with 18 goals in just as many games. Atlanta sits third in the Eastern Conference standings (53 points, 15-9-8 overall record) and trail New York City FC by three points for the second spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The 24-year-old scored another hat trick on September 16, but this time, in front of a record-breaking 70,425-person crowd in a 3-3 tie against Orlando City SC at home. Down 1-0 early on, Martínez began his scoring in the 36th minute from close range to pull Atlanta even at 1-1 (Watch Goal). Orlando took the lead again before halftime, but in the 55th minute Chris McCann crossed a long ball in to the box where Martinez finished with a powerful header to even the match at 2-2 ( Watch Goal). After Orlando took the lead for the third time in the game, Martínez received a low cross in the box from Héctor Villalba and cracked home a volley to complete his hat trick in the 69th minute (Watch Goal).
Martínez struck once again when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute when hosting the LA Galaxy on September 20 (Watch Goal). The match ended with a 4-0 win for Atlanta United. The 24-year-old capped off his month by making his way on to the score sheet in the 33rd minute against the Philadelphia Union to give Atlanta United a 3-0 win and a spot in the playoffs (Watch Goal).
Atlanta United next take on the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, October 15 (5 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).
The Alcatel MLS Player of the Month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.