Martinez earned a promotion to RSL from Real Monarchs on the back of a seventeen-goal season. He played 2,002 minutes for the USL side and started each of his twenty-five matches for the Monarchs. For RSL, however, we only got to see 64 minutes from him on September 11th vs. San Jose. He started and took a shot in that game.
So what happens next?
That’s going to depend on the roster and Freddy’s plans for the formation and positions.
It’s probably a safe bet to say that he’s a depth guy at that striker spot. Where in the depth chart? Again, it’s going to depend.
He’s young and he’s got a high ceiling. He’s tall and athletic, great attributes in a striker. Can his success at the USL level translate to MLS? Optimally, he pushes aside Sam Johnson, Corey Baird, and Damir Kreilach to make the starting spot his own and knocks in seventeen goals for RSL. That would surprise me, though.
Expect him to spend most of his time as a substitute and unused sub on the bench. Exhaustion and injuries will give him chances to prove himself. If he can impress, we might see more of him. Time will tell. You can read more about his signing here.