Ariel Martínez

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Ariel Martínez
Personal information
Full name Ariel Pedro Martínez González
Date of birth (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Miami FC
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2015 Sancti Spíritus
2015 Charleston Battery 0 (0)
2016– Miami FC 49 (10)
National team
2006–2015 Cuba 54 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:33, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2015

Ariel Pedro Martinez González (born 9 May 1986) is a Cuban footballer, who currently plays as a striker for American club Miami FC.

Club career[edit]

Following his defection Martínez signed with United Soccer League club Charleston Battery,[1] but was not cleared to play until late in the season due to issues with the processing of his documentation and work permit. Martínez made his only appearance for Charleston in a playoff loss to Louisville City before leaving the club at the end of 2015.

In March 2016, Martínez signed for Miami FC.[2]

International career[edit]

Martínez made his debut for Cuba in a September 2006 Gold Cup qualification match against the Turks and Caicos Islands. He was a squad member at the 2007 Gold Cup Finals.[3] He has earned a total of 54 caps, scoring 11 goals,[4] represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at 3 CONCACAF Gold Cup final tournaments.

On 17 July 2015, it was confirmed that Martinez had, alongside teammates Keyler García, Arael Argüelles and Darío Suárez, defected to the United States following Cuba's victory over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.[7]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2006 Estadio Pedro Marrero, La Habana, Cuba  Bahamas
4–0
6–0
2007 Caribbean Cup qualification
2. 6 September 2006  Cayman Islands
5–0
7–0
3.
4–0
4. 14 November 2012 Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago  Suriname
3–0
5–0
2012 Caribbean Cup qualification
5. 10 December 2012 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda  French Guiana
1–0
2–0
2012 Caribbean Cup
6.
2–0
7. 16 July 2013 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, United States  Belize
1–0
4–0
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8.
2–0
9.
3–0
10. 11 November 2014 Montego Bay Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica  French Guiana
1–0
1–1
2014 Caribbean Cup
11. 18 November 2014  Haiti
1–2
1–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battery sign Cuban star striker – and defector – Ariel Martinez". ABC. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "CUBAN NATIONAL ARIEL MARTINEZ JOINS MIAMI FC ROSTER". miamifc.com. Miami FC. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  3. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 – Full Details – RSSSF
  4. ^ "Appearances for Cuba National Team". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ Ariel MartínezFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Staff, MLSsoccer. "Gold Cup: Striker Ariel Martinez becomes the fourth player to defect from Cuba". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Martínez, Ariel". National Football Teams. Retrieved November 30, 2017.