Midfielder Mario Martinez has returned to the team after playing about 16-17 minutes for Honduras in a friendly Wednesday against Peru. The game was played in Houston, which added more flights to an already demanding schedule.
“Basically he was on a plane Wednesday going to Salt Lake, on a plane Friday coming back here, on a plane Saturday going to L.A., on a plane Sunday coming back here, and on a plane Monday (going to Houston),” coach Sigi Schmid said. “So he’s had a lot of plane rides. His frequent-flier mileage is good.”
So how does that affect availability?
“We’ll see,” Schmid said. “Mario obviously played a key role in the game in Salt Lake and scored a key goal. He’s going to factor into this game. Where and when is something that we’ll determine.”
Martinez might be called upon again since midfielder Mauro Rosales is still yet to rejoin full training. Here’s the update from Schmid on Rosales and defender Leo Gonzalez, who is also coming back from a hamstring strain.
“Leo went through the whole training again today, so we’ll make a decision on him as we go into tomorrow,” the coach said. “Mauro did more, was in through the 8-v-8. He and I talked and so we’ll see how he is tomorrow, and then we’ll make a final decision there.”
Is game fitness the main issue?
“It’s game fitness, and I don’t think either of them are quite at 100 percent,” Schmid said. “It’s like, ‘How close are they to 100 percent? How many minutes do they have to give?’ In a game like it is (Sunday), if you have a five-speed, you’ve got to get it into fifth gear, as well. If all you can get it into is third or fourth, then you have to think a little bit.”