It came in the Designated Player’s 38th league match, with his brace powering the Five Stripes past Nashville SC, 2-0, to earn a much-needed victory after their MLS is Back Tournament failure. It also occurred during interim head coach Stephen Glass’ first match at the helm, and he was thoroughly impressed.
“I think he was brilliant tonight,” Glass said afterwards of the 2018 South American Footballer of the Year. “I think the first half was a couple missing pieces that like the whole group there’s a little bit of rust, but his work rate, for me, from start to finish was unbelievable, especially [in the] second half.
“I think if he’s not working he doesn’t score that second goal. But his work rate was phenomenal off the ball, so again that might not be what he’s paid for, but he scored two great goals and worked really, really hard for the team.”
Martinez’s second strike came in the 87th minute, when he laced home a left-footed rocket to the top corner to seal all three points. He ran onto a Mo Adams layoff, leaving Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis with no chance.
The first goal was also a thing of beauty, as Martinez collected an Eric Remedi long ball and dribbled past several defenders. He then toe-poked under Willis, showcasing the skill you’d expect of the former River Plate man.
Marcelo Simonian, Agente AFA - DODICI - 2020