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San Jose earthquakes brought in the Honduras player, Wálter “Pery” Martínez, during the rooster. The previous Honduras internationals who arrived at the club have had success in a short span of time. Hence, there is expectation from Martinez that he would also be successful. Martinez is a veteran of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Due to the fact that San Jose earthquakes are currently struggling without the lack of key attacking players, his presence should certainly benefit the team according to manager Frank Yallop.
The defender Justin Morrow will be unavailable for selection due to his presence at the international duty. This may cause a few shifting of places within the team, which could see the midfielder Ramiro Corrales converted into a makeshift defender for the next few matches. This would free up space on the midfielder for another player to occupy. It is expected that the new signing Martinez may be given the opportunity to impress in this position for the forthcoming match.
Manager Yallop said that he is confident that Martinez will play some role in the match, but he is unsure whether he is going to be taking part from the start. After taking just seven points from their opening five matches, the Quakes are under pressure to get a victory during the weekend.
“Martínez will probably get some time, whether it’s a start or not. Having Wálter around is great. It might take him a little bit of time, but who knows on Saturday? I’ve got to decide what’s going to win us the game,” said Yallop ahead of the match. “I’m fast and quick. I want to take on defenders, attack them. Defenders feel uncomfortable when you do that to them, so hopefully that helps the team and I can do whatever I can to contribute,” said Martinez.
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The former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has said that he hopes to become a manager one-day after his playing days are finished. The striker is currently playing for the MLS club LA Galaxy. He is one of the few star players within the team. The lack of David Beckham and Landon Donovan has meant that he has to shoulder the responsibility of carrying the team that won the MLS title last season. The experienced striker has played for the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Celtic during an illustrious career. He has said that he wants to be involved in the game even after the end of his playing career.
He has said that there are not many Irish players who are looking to go into management. He has recalled only a few managers like Mick McCarthy, who has gone on to become managers once their playing careers were over. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old has said that he is hoping that Frank Lampard arrives from the Premier league club Chelsea in the summer to replace David Beckham as one of the star players within the squad. Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season, and he has already expressed his interest of being able to play in a league like MLS.
“Of course, that’s my next step. I’m going to get my coaching badges. I’d like to be a coach first and kind of learn the ropes and then definitely want to be a manager. At the moment, there are no Irish managers. Pat Fenlon has done very well at Hibernian. He just came from the Irish League. He’s doing very, very well. Apart from that, there’s Mick McCarthy obviously. He’s always going to be in the running to get the next job because I think he’s well respected by everybody,” said Keane.
Los Angeles Galaxy will play its first match of the new MLS season against Chicago Fire on Sunday. That match will be played at the Home Depot Center which is the home ground of Los Angeles Galaxy.
Galaxy has won the MLS Championship in the last two seasons and they will be looking to complete the treble this time around. However, they will go into the opening match without two of their superstars i.e. David Beckham and Landon Donovan.
Beckham left the club at the end of the last season, while, Donovan is currently on an extended leave and he is expected to miss the first couple of matches.
Meanwhile, the manager of Los Angeles Galaxy, Bruce Arena, has appointed Robbie Keane as the captain of the team. Keane will replace Landon Donovan who had been captaining the team since 2008.
Arena has made it clear that Keane has been appointed as the skipper for the entire season.
Arena said, “We have decided to appoint Robbie Keane as the skipper. He will captain the team till the end of the season. He had performed brilliantly in the last season. So, he is a confident player right now. Also, he has got decent leadership skills. So, he is the right man for this job.”
Keane’s performance for Galaxy in the last MLS season was outstanding. He had found the net 16 times and had also assisted nine goals. These stats clearly suggest that Keane was in great form in the last season.
Because of Keane’s superb performance, the Galaxy management decided to extend his contract in January this year.
In January, Keane had the opportunity to play for the Premier League clubs on loan, but, he didn’t do that. He preferred to rest so that he could get rid of small niggles and could get mentally fresh for the next season.