Real Salt Lake’s forward depth just got a little bit stronger, with the club announcing today the signing of Douglas Martinez from Real Monarchs.
Martinez, 22, joined Real Monarchs before the 2019 USL season, where he made a name for himself as a prolific goalscorer and workhorse among Monarch’s attacking ranks. He has scored 10 goals in 16 games and is ranked second on the team for shots on goal, behind Maikel Chang.
Martinez will occupy an international roster spot for the club.
In a club-issued press release, RSL general manager Craig Waibel said Martinez displayed skill and professionalism during his time at Real Monarchs.
“Douglas came in with an opportunity to prove that he was capable of playing at an MLS level and he’s done that with his play on the field, but also his professionalism. He checks all the boxes for us in terms of player development and providing a new dynamic to our first team roster and he’s also the type of player that will represent our club and our fans well. He still has so much potential and we are excited to see what he can bring to the RSL locker room.”
From the same release, Martinez:
“All of us work to become part of the first team and this year has been good for all of us. I thank God for the opportunity that I’ve been given. I look forward to gaining the trust of the team so all of us are confident and can play freely. I’m excited to help get RSL to the playoffs and hope to get minutes on the field.”
His journey to RSL has been short but interesting one. Starting with Vida, the Honduran First Division team, Martinez made his first appearance at the age of 16. In April 2017, Martinez went on loan from CD Vida to New York Red Bulls 2. After scoring in his debut Martinez made 16 appearances for the USL side. On January 23, 2019, Martinez returned to the United States with signing with Real Monarchs.
Martinez’s switch to the MLS side is a timely one. He’s coming off some strong performance for the U-23 Honduras team in the 2019 Pan American Games. Shoring up a strong CONCACAF youngster is a wise move by the RSL organization.
Additionally, Martinez is to take up the last international roster spot held by Real Salt Lake this season. As fans, we can expect him to battle with Tate Schmitt for backup forward spot behind Sam Johnson.