MIAMI, Fla. April 23, 2012 ̶ Goalkeeper Richard Martin of the first-place Puerto Rico Islanders was named the North American Soccer League ( NASL) Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Martin conceded just one goal (an own goal) in two games this past week.
“Richard (Martin) has been outstanding for the first four games and has been instrumental to our fast start”, said Head Coach Adrian Whitbread. “But I also think Richard being given this award is a testament to our entire team. We defend as a team and we attack as a team,” said Whitbread.
Martin, who spent time with Barclays Premier League giants Manchester City as well as numerous clubs in English Football League, has recorded 18 saves and three clean sheets through four games in 2012 for the unbeaten Islanders, including four in the game against the Carolina RailHawks. The Chelmsford, England-born keeper has started the season with a 0.25 goals against average leading all NASL keepers in that category.