Enzo Martínez (footballer, born 1990)

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Enzo Martínez
Personal information
Full name Enzo Agustín Martínez Beltrán
Date of birth (1990-09-29) September 29, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Charlotte Independence
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2009 Discoveries SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 North Carolina Tar Heels 72 (22)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Real Salt Lake 0 (0)
2013Carolina RailHawks (loan) 15 (3)
2014 Carolina RailHawks 21 (6)
2015–2017 Charlotte Independence 79 (29)
2018 Colorado Rapids 22 (0)
2019– Charlotte Independence 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 29, 2018

Enzo Agustín Martínez Beltrán (born September 29, 1990) is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Martínez grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he starred for Discoveries Soccer Club and Northwestern High School, winning a national championship at both levels.[1] ESPN later named Martínez as the ESPN Rise High School Boys' Soccer Player of the Decade after finishing his career with three state championships, one FAB 50 national title and 182 goals.[2]

He then played for the North Carolina Tar Heels, appearing in 72 matches and scoring 22 goals.

Professional[edit]

On January 12, 2012, Martínez was selected 17th overall by Real Salt Lake in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[3]

After not seeing any playing time in 2012, Martínez was sent on a short-term loan to NASL club Carolina RailHawks on April 30, 2013.[4] Four days later, he made his debut for the RailHawks and netted the equalizing goal in the club's 2-2 draw on the road at Minnesota United FC.

Martínez was not retained by Real Salt Lake after the season and rejoined Carolina on a permanent basis.[5]

Martínez signed with Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League in March 2015.[6]

On February 19, 2018, Martínez returned to MLS when he signed with Colorado Rapids. The Rapids sent a fourth-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft to acquire his rights from Real Salt Lake.[7] Martínez was released by Colorado at the end of their 2018 season.[8]

Honors[edit]

Individual

  • USL All-League Team: 2016

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Alex Martínez, who plays for Charlotte Independence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discoveries SC - powered by Oasys Sports". Discoveriessoccerclub.org. 1990-01-06. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  2. ^ "Scoring goals and winning titles are just a few of the reasons why Enzo Martinez is the decade's top soccer player. - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2009-12-07. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  3. ^ "UNC's Martinez Heads 2012 Draft Class". Real Salt Lake. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  4. ^ "Martinez sent on short-term loan to NASL's Carolina RailHawks". Real Salt Lake. RSL Communications. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  5. ^ "RSL declines option on first-round pick Enzo Martinez".
  6. ^ http://www.charlotteindependence.com/independence-signs-rock-hill-native-enzo-martinez/
  7. ^ https://www.coloradorapids.com/post/2018/02/19/colorado-rapids-acquire-midfielder-enzo-martinez-charlotte-independence
  8. ^ https://www.coloradorapids.com/post/2018/11/27/colorado-rapids-announce-year-end-roster-moves-ahead-2019-campaign

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