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Hartford Athletic Signs Forward Walmer Martinez

By Hartford Athletics 04/12/2021, 11:00am PDT

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. 

Division makes decision to opt out of 2021 play due to concerns around COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. - The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that the Southwest Division has chosen to forgo play in the 2021 USL League Two season. The decision to forgo the season has been made by the USL in conjunction with the Southwest Division clubs with the interest of players, coaches and staff’s safety top of mind.

“After careful consideration around the impacts of COVID-19, the Southwest Division has chosen to forgo the 2021 season with the utmost support from the United Soccer League,” said Joel Nash, Vice President of USL League Two. “With COVID-related challenges such as venue availability, local health statistics and travel mandates, the Southwest Division does not see a safe path to play for the 2021 season and therefore has chosen to take a step back to keep all players, coaches and staff safe during this time. We fully expect to see the return of the Southwest Division for the 2022 season and we look forward to welcoming them back onto the pitch.”

The Southwest Division is comprised of FC Golden State Force, Project 51O, San Francisco City FC, San Francisco Glens SC, Santa Cruz Breakers FC, Southern California Seahorses and Ventura County Fusion. Further information regarding play for the 2021 season will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on the 2021 League Two schedule, visit