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 31)
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 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2015 Sancti Spíritus
2015 Charleston Battery 0 (0)
2016– Miami 33 (8)
National team
2006–2015 Cuba 54 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:16, 28 June 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2015

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

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.[1]

Defection[edit]

On 17 July 2015, it was confirmed that Martinez had defected to the United States following Cuba's victory over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2]

Following his defection Martínez signed with United Soccer League club Charleston Battery, 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.[3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.[4]
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

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