Chipper Jones

Atlanta's Martinez wins MVP award in Major League Soccer

Josef Martinez choked up a bit when he saw his grandparents in the front row.

On most days, he's not susceptible to tears.

This time, he couldn't help himself.

A teary eyed Martinez claimed the MVP award from Major League Soccer on Wednesday after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the championship game.

While he normally speaks through a translator, the 25-year-old Venezuelan gave the first part of his acceptance speech in English.

"This is a special day for me, for my family, for my teammates, for the city," Martinez said, without the benefit of notes. "I want to say thank you to the fans for...