- A ball-winning, possession-oriented defensive midfielder, José Mari has played his entire professional career in Spain before coming to the Rapids.
- Was most recently with Real Zaragoza, where he played 16 La Liga matches and several other Cup matches in 2012-13, continuing into the 2013-14 season when the team was in the second division.
- Began his professional career at the age of 17 with his hometown team, Union Deportiva Roteña, in 2005.
- Has also spent time with Atlético Sanluqueño CF in the third division, followed by Real Murcia and Real Jaén in the second division before moving to Zaragoza.
- Played in Union Deportiva Roteña’s youth ranks before his promotion to the first team.