It's been an odd season for Martinez, who arrived with inflated expectations from the media and supporters because of his success at River Plate in Argentina. In one of his few interviews, Martinez has said he thinks some of those expectations are unfair.
With Atlanta United, Martinez has scored two goals, including a penalty kick at Toronto, and three assists after Saturday’s game. He has turned down numerous requests to be interviewed after games, including Wednesday’s loss at Toronto when his missed penalty on the game’s final kick sealed the loss. Martinez left the locker room before the media arrived Saturday.
But his play is what’s important, not his not wanting to be interviewed.
During one stretch in the second half against Montreal, Martinez failed to run down a pass from Brandon Vazquez, gave away the ball twice, hit a poor corner and then hit a poor cross. A few of the team’s supporters booed him after he quit running on the pass hit by Vazquez. In the first half, a misplayed back-heel pass from Martinez resulted in a Montreal counterattack.
“He has to know where he has to make those plays,” de Boer said. “Do we have too many men in front of the ball, then you cannot lose the ball. He has to understand that better.”
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