After the Union’s season, team manager Peter Nowak talked about the importance of having competitions at all positions. And with the addition of Costa Rican international Josue Martinez, Nowak has added depth to the forward position.
The 5-foot-10 Martinez turns 22 in March. It will be interesting the impact this will have on Danny Mwanga.
Of course Mwanga and Martinez could both play up top if Sebastien Le Toux is moved back to the midfield. However, we’ve stated countless times, that Le Toux is most effective as the target player up top.
Mwanga took a step back during a second season that was marred by a hip injury. He returned late in the season and was moving well, but wasn’t as effective as during his rookie season. For the season Mwanga had five goals and four assists, but didn’t score a goal after depositing the game-winner during a 3-2 victory over Chivas USA on June 25.
Martinez was acquired from Costa Rica’s C.D. Saprissa. In 2010 Martinez helped C.D. Saprissa capture the Costa Rican First Division Calusura title.
Martinez has 11 caps with the national team, scoring twice.
Coming off an 11-8-15 season, the Union’s biggest need appears to be strength up top. They scored 44 goals in 34 games, with Le Toux leading the way with 11.