Martínez scored three goals in Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC in front of 45,003 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The 24-year-old now has 23 goals in 23 MLS regular season games played and has scored four hat tricks, one away from the current MLS record of five. Atlanta sits third in the Eastern Conference standings with six points (2-1-0 record), while Martínez tops the league with four goals scored this season.
Martínez then completed his hat trick in the 88th minute to give Atlanta a 4-1 lead after Andrew Carleton, the 17-year-old Homegrown midfielder, sent a beautiful cross into the box, and Martínez elevated to finish with a powerful header to the center of net past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic (Watch Goal).
Atlanta United returns to action on Saturday, March 31 to face Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium (8:00 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).