When requested repeatedly for a purpose Heinze compelled him to coach alone away from the group, the change of coach and the aforementioned stories, Martinez declined to elaborate.
“There are choices that should be revered,” Martinez stated. “Because the chief and face of this membership, I’ve to be skilled and help my teammates on and off the pitch.”
There have been even stories of Martinez’s relationship with the membership breaking down all through this course of, though he reiterated his want to remain.
“The primary time I got here right here I stated that that is my membership, that is my metropolis and I really like being right here,” Martinez stated. “I need to retire right here. I really like this membership.”
Martinez has been an instantaneous hit in MLS, taking part in Atlanta’s inaugural season in 2017 earlier than breaking information in 2018. He gained the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award, set a document for targets in a single season in MLS historical past, and led Atlanta to carry MLS. Cup, match by which he was named MVP of the MLS Cup. He has 79 targets and 11 assists in 91 common season video games.
After lacking most of 2020 with a torn ACL, Martinez has two targets in seven appearances (4 as a starter) this season as he seeks to rediscover his finest type. Martinez final appeared for Atlanta on Might 29 earlier than leaving to work on the nationwide group for Venezuela on the Copa América. He examined constructive for COVID-19 and revealed on Tuesday that he had a minor coronary heart complication that delayed his return, which has since been resolved, earlier than Heinze compelled him to coach away from the group.
Now Martinez and Atlanta are hatching a method to save their season. The Venezuelan famous person is seen as the important thing determine in turning Atlanta’s fortunes when interim head coach Rob Valentino takes workplace.
“What’s vital to me is well being and pleasure within the locker room,” stated Martinez, 28. “Simply to deliver pleasure again to town, to the followers and to ourselves. We’ve got to get again on that path.”