Josué Martínez

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Josué Martinez
Personal information
Full name Josué Isaac Martinez Areas
Date of birth (1990-03-25) 25 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Saprissa
Number 28
Youth career
Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Saprissa 66 (19)
2012 Philadelphia Union 18 (1)
2013 New York Red Bulls 1 (0)
2013– Saprissa 3 (0)
National team
2009 Costa Rica U20 7 (5)
2009– Costa Rica 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Josué Isaac Martinez Areas (born 25 March 1990) is a Costa Rican footballer who currently plays for Deportivo Saprissa.

Club career[edit]

Martinez began his career with top Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa. His first appearance with the club was in the 2009 Torneo de Invierno, this coming after a successful role in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Martinez won one title with the club during the 2009–10 Costa Rican Primera División season the Campeonato de Verano 2010. Josué was an important part of The Purple Monster, being one of its top goalscorers in that tournament also scoring the 1-0 winning goal against Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in the first of two matches of "El Clásico" de Costa Rica, at Ricardo Saprissa Stadium in San José. He wore the number 28 for Saprissa and scored 19 goals in 66 league matches with the club.[1] Martinez also scored an important goal during the CONCACAF Champions League which sent Saprissa to the 2010-11 knockout stage. On October 19, 2010 in a match that was played in Seattle, Martinez's scored an 89th minute goal beating Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, Kasey Keller which helped Saprissa to a 2-1 victory.

On 7 December 2011, Philadelphia Union signed the Costa Rican international.[2] In his first season in Major League Soccer Martinez appeared in 18 league matches and scored 1 goal. On 6 December 2012, Martinez was traded to New York Red Bulls along with allocation money for Sebastien Le Toux.[3]

Martínez was waived by New York on March 29, 2013.[4]

International career[edit]

Martinez was a prominent member of Costa Rica's 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad, where Costa Rica placed 4th after losing to Hungary in the 3rd place match. He scored two goals in the competition.

Josué Martinez is considered a promising prospect for Costa Rican football and its National Team, he debuted with the full national team in 2009 prior to his debut with the Saprissa first team. He was a member of Costa Rica's 2011 Copa América side, netting 1 goal in 3 matches during the competition.

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2010 Estadio Carlos Ugalde, San Carlos, Costa Rica  El Salvador 2 - 1 2 - 1 Friendly
2 7 July 2011 Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy, Argentina  Bolivia 1 - 0 2 - 0 2011 Copa América

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Costa Rica League Cup League Cup North America Total
2009–10 Saprissa Primera División 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 8
2010–11 23 5 0 0 0 0 10 2 33 7
2011–12 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 6
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 18 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 20 2
2013 New York Red Bulls 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total Costa Rica 66 19 0 0 0 0 10 2 76 21
USA 19 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 21 2
Career total 85 20 2 1 0 0 10 2 97 23

Updated March 29, 2013.

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Costa Rica
2009 1 0
2010 7 1
2011 8 1
Total 16 2

Statistics accurate as of 7 December 2011

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