Mario Martinez’s game-winning goal didn’t earn him an instant commitment into the starting lineup from coach Sigi Schmid today.
On Martinez’s play beyond that highlight goal: I think Mario’s a good player. I think Mario’s game time with us really has been predicated a little bit on the little time he’s had with us. We knew when we signed him that he had obligations to the Honduran national team and wanted to stay in the flow for that team. He really didn’t have a lot of days with training with us, really hasn’t been in a lot of games or seeing how playing in our league is different. … He showed what he can do. He’s a wonderful striker of the ball. He’s a good passer. He’s cleaver. And he has the ability to come up with those types of goals, and score a few goals. He’s shown that at the Olympics, and he’s shown that obviously at the World Cup qualifiers. Can you say that’s a breakout? No, I think that’s a reflection of the quality he has. We’re very happy that we have him on the team, and obviously that was a great option to come with on that game.
On if he will start Sunday: It’s sort of a wait-and-see. We want to make sure that the mix is right. We thought that the mix was right with him coming on, and we’ve got to evaluate guys today. We just got back yesterday, and that was a pretty physical game. We’ve got a few knocks and we’ve got to see how guys feel and what we think LA is going to bring, and that’s going to determine how we sort of put our formation together. But certainly Mario’s confidence was helped emensely with that goal, and the team has confidence with him as well when they see that kind of thing happen. He’s a guy who’s going to play a pivotal role for us as we go forward for sure.