New Delhi: Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez has been named the 2018 MLS MVP (a.k.a. Landon Donovan MVP Award). The Venezuelan Viper becomes the first player for the club to earn the award thanks to his truly historic and record-shattering season.
With the individual marks in the bag Martinez is set for an MLS Cup final on Saturday against the Portland Timbers as the second-year club looks to close a historic season in style on its home ground.
The first-two years in MLS have been brilliant for the Five Stripes, with Gerardo “Tata” Martino putting together a side that has the look of a contender on day one. Martinez has been crucial to the club’s high-flying attack and, along with playmaker Miguel Almiron, has helped to create one of the most potent teams in MLS history.
Martino’s departure after the season confirmed
The success has already led to changes, with Martino’s departure after the season confirmed and all signs pointing to Almiron leaving as well. Martinez has reportedly seen his share of interest as well, with reports back in August claiming that the forward was drawing looking from Spain, England and France.
He has now moved to put to rest any doubt about his future, claiming that he feels “at home” in Atlanta and will be with the club for as long as he is wanted.
“I’ve said it before that I am going to be here as long as they want me,” Martinez is quoted as saying on the league’s website after picking up his MVP award. “I am happy here, I feel like I’m at home.