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With the 17th pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer Draft, Real Salt Lake Selects: Enzo Martinez

Well success in the regular season will push you further and further down the draft list, so RSL has the #17 pick in the first round this year and with that pick Real Salt Lake chooses:

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He is a 5'7" midfielder from the NCAA Champions North Carolina, going into the combine everyone said he was the guy most likely to play at the MLS level right now. He is an international player from Uruguay. His numbers at college were:

YR SCHOOL GP GS G A

2011 North Carolina 26 25 9 11

2010 North Carolina 24 22 10 5

2009 North Carolina 22 6 3 4

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

College

2011: NSCAA First Team All-American; Soccer America MVPs Second Team

2010: NSCAA Third Team All-American; All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team

High School

Northwestern HS (2009)

2008: Parade All-American

  • Four-time South Carolina state player of the year

Personal

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay

Uncle, Miguel Beltran, played for Nacional in Uruguay

  • Martinez and his girlfriend started "Kicking for a Cause", a charitable clinic that raises money for Children's Attention Home.
  • Speaks Spanish and English


So RSL get an attacking midfielder, who will have big shoes to fill as RSL lost Andy Williams and Collen Warner in the off-season, but this is a good thing for RSL. Lots of potential.

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