Martino said Martinez is versatile enough that he can play as a lone striker, second striker, left wing or in the midfield.
The formations and personnel may change in the remaining two games Atlanta United will play in Charleston as part of the Carolina Challenge Cup. The team will play MLS champs Seattle on Wednesday and Charleston on Feb. 25.
Columbus has yet to play a preseason game, so Martino said he and his staff are scouting the Crew’s players and trying to predict how they will play.
Atlanta United centerhalf Michael Parkhurst is very familiar with Columbus, its players and tactics because he was the team’s captain as part of 100 appearances.
“I’m excited,” Parkhurst said. “It will be our first real challenge as far as another MLS team.”
Columbus may offer a perfect test for Atlanta United in its goal of improving its press. Parkhurst said team has been working to improve it in practice and that the Crew will work hard to try to break the press.
“It will be a true test of things we will do well and things we don’t do well,” Parkhurst said.