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2015 New York Red Bulls Report Card: Felipe Martins

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Felipe Martins came to the New York Red Bulls from the Montreal Impact this past January and has been a part of the starting lineup ever since. After helping contribute to the second trophy in club history, and being Jesse Marsch's go-to-man aside from Captain Dax this year, many may wonder what his role will be come 2016. With that being said, how did Felipe Martins 2015 campaign shape up to be?

Player Stats:

44 Appearances

40 Games Started

3448 Minutes Played

3 Goals

6 Assists

Player Grade: B-

Things Done Well:

Since his arrival to the club, Felipe Martins has had some exciting moments to watch on the pitch. He is a great dribbler in tight spaces and certainly helped contribute to a successful season.  Before Sacha Kljestan took the reins, Felipe Martins was used as the free kick taker once Sal Zizzo had been subbed off the pitch. His performance there may not have been excellent, but his versatility to be used in that manner certainly is a plus. Lastly, Felipe often tracked back on defense and helped control the tempo of the midfield.

Things Done Poorly:

The problem with Felipe's moments of brilliance is how seldom they come. Besides a well placed goal against New York City FC and his wonder strike against the Portland TImbers, Martins had moments throughout the season that were rather hard to watch. Only 21% of his 67 shots throughout the regular and postseason were on goal, resulting in a fairly low shot accuracy. With inevitable lineup changes coming before the 2016 season, Felipe's position is one he is going to have to truly fight for this offseason.