Castro said Martinez advised him to sometimes take another touch to gather himself. It’s something Martinez often does, by faking a shot, or simply pushing the ball to either side as defenders slide past or the goalie flaps at air.
Martinez, winner of the league MVP in 2018 holder of several records, is one of the more feared strikers in the league, so there is some pressure of expectation when playing the position.
“I think they will go in in the next match,” Castro said.
Castro was Martinez-like several times against the Red Bulls. He got past the centerbacks and came within a toe-poke of connecting with a cross from Brooks Lennon in the first half.
In the second half, he missed two chances within a span of few minutes. On the first, he said he faked a run to the back post before sprinting across the face of the defender where he met the cross but mishit the shot off his left ankle. It was a Martinez-like run without the result. But Martinez, it needs to be said, didn’t score every time he touched the ball. It just sometimes seemed like it.
“(Castro) was a presence up there for sure,” fullback George Bello said Monday. “He put himself in the right position. He’s a hard worker.”
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