Based upon his form before COVID-19 stopped the season March 12, Martinez seems ready to play well and help.
He had two assists in the first two league games and was a bright spot in the 3-0 loss to Club America in Mexico City in the Champions League.
Martinez looked quicker than he did at the beginning of the previous season. He also looked more confident than at the beginning of last season, his first with the team and in MLS.
“I think I started the season well with a lot of energy and finished the previous season on a positive note,” he said. “It’s something I’d like to continue now.”
A skilled player, he is trying to become a more communicative player.
He said he has had discussions with manager Frank de Boer and Vice President Carlos Bocanegra about becoming more of a leader.
“I’m really happy with his performance and attitude,” de Boer said.
Martinez said he is trying to be a good example on and off the field. He talks to teammates, those from South America and those from other places, about staying positive.
“It’s important that we have a very united group,” he said. “Making sure we are talking, caring about each other, looking out for each other. That’s the most important thing, the team. That’s something I’m trying to do ahead of this tournament.”