Hartford Athletic has signed forward Walmer Martinez, pending league and federation approval.
Martinez was invited to Hartford’s Invitational Combine where he performed well enough to earn an invitation to preseason training. He graduated from Division II Cal State-Monterey Bay in 2019. In his senior season, he scored 13 goals, second most in California Collegiate Athletic Association. Despite only playing two seasons with the Otters, he finished his career second all-time in assists (16), and fifth all-time in goals scored (17). Martinez has played for USL League Two sides Santa Cruz Breakers FC and Des Moines Menace.
“It is always a pleasure to offer a player a pro contract. Walmer has earned the right to be here,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “He is an excellent finisher and versatile player, able to play across the whole front line. His energy and passion match mine as the Head Coach."
Hartford Athletic has now signed the following players for the 2021 season:
Forward: Sebastian Elney, Bradford Jamieson IV, Walmer Martinez, Preston Tabort Etaka, Alfonso Vazquez
Midfielder: Nii Armah Ashitey, Danny Barrera, Christian Gómez, Conor McGlynn, Luka Prpa, Arthur Rogers, Gabriel Torres
Defender: Younes Boudadi, Nicolás Cardona, Thomas Janjigian, Alex Lara
Goalkeeper: Jeff Caldwell, Carlos Merancio
More signings will be announced in the coming weeks.