Kyle Martino

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Kyle Martino
Personal information
Full name Kyle Hunter Martino
Date of birth (1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1999–2001 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Columbus Crew 106 (10)
2006–2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 35 (3)
Total 141 (13)
National team
2002–2005 United States 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kyle Martino (born February 19, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American soccer player and currently a TV soccer color analyst.

Career[edit]

High School[edit]

Martino attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. In 1998, Martino was named Gatorade National Player of the Year after his senior season at Staples.

College[edit]

Martino played college soccer at the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2001, registering 17 goals and 21 assists in his three years. In his junior season, Martino was named ACC Player of the Year; in both his sophomore and junior seasons, he was one of 15 finalists for the Hermann Trophy.

Professional[edit]

Kyle left UVA after his junior season, signing a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) and entering the 2002 MLS Superdraft, where the Columbus Crew selected him eighth overall. Martino tallied 2 goals and 5 assists in 22 appearances and won the MLS Rookie of the Year Award, while running the Crew offense for much of the season. His following season was something of a disappointment, as Martino failed to develop into the dominant offensive force that many had expected, although he maintained a spot in the Crew's starting lineup. His third season began like the second with Martino failing to stimulate the offense, but a move up to withdrawn forward saw a resurgence of his offensive abilities, and through the 2004 season Kyle led the Crew to the longest unbeaten streak in MLS history. Martino had a down year in 2005, not scoring a goal. In early 2006, Martino was dealt to the LA Galaxy in a four-player deal. He and John Wolyniec were traded for Joseph Ngwenya and Ned Grabavoy. Ironically, during the first 2006 match between the Crew and the Galaxy, before the trade, it was Martino who in the last few seconds scored the game's only goal, delivering a crushing defeat to his soon-to-be teammates.

In November 2006 Martino had a trial at Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen, but apparently did not earn a contract, despite initial indications that he would be signed in January 2007. Martino also had a trial at Leeds United.[1]

Martino retired from professional soccer on February 19, 2008 due to injury. Martino was advised by doctors that injuries he sustained throughout his career were severe enough that it would be in his best interest to hang up the cleats.[1]

On Monday, March 3, 2008 Los Angeles waived Martino to meet MLS roster and salary budget rules.

International[edit]

Martino played for the United States at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina. He saw little playing time for the senior national team, getting his first cap on November 17, 2002 against El Salvador. He scored his only international goal against Panama on October 12, 2005 in a 2-0 World Cup qualifier USA victory.

Post-Soccer Career[edit]

Martino is the color commentator for Major League Soccer (MLS) telecasts for NBC Sports. Martino previously served as a color commentator for MLS on the ESPN family of networks in addition to providing commentary for Philadelphia Union matches during their inaugural 2010 season.

Martino married actress Eva Amurri on October 29, 2011.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

[3]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2002 Columbus Crew Major League Soccer 22 2
2003 22 2
2004 29 5
2005 27 5
2006 6 1
2006 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 9 0
2007 26 3
Total USA 141 13
Career total 141 13

Honors[edit]

Columbus Crew

Individual[edit]

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