Josef Martinez added yet another individual trophy to his collection on Saturday. In addition to getting his MLS Cup winner’s medal and lifting the cup itself, the Venezuelan was named MVP of the match thanks to his winning goal and assist on Franco Escobar’s insurance tally.
The goal was his 35th overall, the most any player in MLS has ever scored. A perfect way to conclude possibly the greatest season MLS has ever seen.
Martinez joked after Atlanta’s 3-0 first leg win over the New York Red Bulls in the East Finals that he wanted a statue outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If they can find room for a giant sculpture to symbolize a disappointing NFL team, surely they can clear out a spot for the man who won Atlanta the city’s first major sports title in 23 years.
This is a call to whoever. GET. JOSEF. A. STATUE. It’s time to start the movement.