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.