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Josef Martinez trains with Atlanta United ahead of NYCFC match


The Josef Martinez watch has officially reached critical mass. On Thursday, Atlanta United manager Tata Martino responded with a simple “we’ll see” when asked if the Venezuelan could be available to play some part against New York City FC this weekend. That wasn’t completely optimistic.

However, there is some more encouraging news on Friday as Martinez trained with the team.

Here’s a glorious shot of our hero on the field. Look at him. Take it all in. We’re so close to seeing the return of Josef.

Imagine the scenes at Bobby Dodd. Atlanta United is up 8-0 in the 75th minute. Josef Martinez takes off his training top and strolls to the fourth official. The crowd is losing their mind with anticipation. The hero returnth. Make it happen.