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Fuel Soccer Talk: Martinez’s streak approaching world-record heights; Expanding the US player pool; Video Lesson – warming up

Josef Martinez extends scoring streak to 15

Josef Martinez has scored in 15 consecutive league matches, surpassing his previous MLS all-time record.

And now, he’s approaching loftier, world-record heights.

Since MLS began play in 1996, the Atlanta United forward’s consecutive games scoring record is third-best in the world. After opening the scoring against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, Martinez sits level with Norwegian forward Tor Henning Hamre, who scored in 15 straight league games for Estonian club Flora Tallinn in 2003, and only behind Lionel Messi, who scored in 21 consecutive league games for FC Barcelona in 2013-14. To surpass Messi, Martinez has work to do, but with a hot streak of 21 goals in 15 games, you wouldn’t necessarily count him out, either.

Martinez’s run has brought him within two goals of the 2019 Golden Boot presented by Audi lead, level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on 26 and behind Carlos Vela’s 28 goals.

U.S. Soccer hosts U-16 Boys’ National ID camp

With the objective to expand and improve the Men’s Youth National Team player pool, U.S. Soccer will hold an Under-16 Boys’ National Team Talent Identification training camp from Sept. 19-23 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Fifty-nine players from U.S. Soccer’s three main scouting regions (East, Central and West) will make up three teams at the camp. The teams will play games against each other as well as youth squads from Club Tijuana and LA Galaxy. On the camp’s last day, the squads will be reshuffled and will play against each other in two intra-squad games.

SCHEDULE OF GAMES

U.S. Soccer Director of Talent Identification Tony Lepore will head the training camp, while each regional team will be led by three technical staff, including the three boys’ TID Managers: Henry Brauner (West), Garrett Biller (Central) and Cris da Silva (East).

U.S. Men’s National Team legend Landon Donovan will serve as a coach with the East Select squad in Southern California. Crisitano Scapolo and Larry Sunderland return to the U-16 BNT staff after coaching the team to victory at May’s UEFA Development Tournament in the Czech Republic.

Video Lesson: Warming up to warm-up drills

A proper warm up will increase the flow of blood to muscles resulting in less muscle stiffness, reduced risk of injury and improved performance. There are also psychological benefits to a good warm up.

Here are some drills from online soccer training to help warm up the body prior to training and/or games.

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