As New York City FC begins pre-season training in Florida, there is a new member of the club with the signing of defender Diego Martinez from the Argentina-based club, River Plate, on a free transfer.
Martinez, 24, developed at River Plate, making his professional first team debut in 2012 and appearing in 13 matches for the first team over the course of the next year. In 2013 he made 18 appearances on loan with Sarmiento (Junin) and 20 appearances on loan for Patronato de Parana in 2014.
The Argentinian defender, who has played his entire career in his home country, said he is excited for the opportunity to join the Major League Soccer side.
“I know that now is the right time for a new experience as I continue to progress as a player and a person,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing for a big club with big players. The team has already become very important within the sporting fabric of New York, so I am excited to get to work and meet my new teammates.”
New Head Coach Patrick Vieira said he was pleased to add another young player to his club.
“We are adding an energetic and hardworking player that will only continue to improve alongside the rest of our team,” said Vieira. “I’m hoping Diego will be able to join the team during the first part of our pre-season training camp. Pre-season is an important moment for new signings to integrate into the squad and get to know their teammates better.”