Richard Martinez Named NASL Defensive Player of the Week

Puerto Rico Islanders defender Richard Martinez  has been named the NASL Defensive Player of the Week.

Martinez made a spectacular goal-line clearance in the 90th minute against San Antonio Sunday to preserve a 2-1 Islanders victory. The win put Puerto Rico just one point behind the first-place Scorpions in the league standings.

Martinez anchored a defense that conceded just one goal to the the highest scoring team in the NASL who had struck eight times the previous week versus the Railhawks.

The New York native and graduate of the Hofstra University has been a member of the Puerto Rico Islanders since 2008. Martinez  is in the top five for minutes played this season with the Islanders and the dependable right back has been called up to the Puerto Rico national team for their match up against reigning World Champions Spain on August 15th.

Martinez  is the third Islanders player honored by the NASL as a player of the week in 2012. Previously Goalkeeper Richard Martin and Midfielder Jonathan Faña have received the honor.

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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