Pity Martínez

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Pity Martínez
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Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Nicolás Martínez
Date of birth (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Guaymallén, Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2011 Huracán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Huracán 90 (8)
2015–2019 River Plate 96 (24)
2019– Atlanta United 32 (5)
National team
2018– Argentina 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2018

Gonzalo Nicolás Martínez (born 13 June 1993), better known as Pity Martínez, is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for MLS club Atlanta United FC and the Argentina national football team.

Club career[edit]

Huracán[edit]

Martínez, who trained in the Huracán youth system, debuted with Huracán's first team in the 2011–12 season. While at the club, he won his first Copa Argentina in 2014.

River Plate[edit]

Martínez joined River Plate in January 2015. Martínez made his club debut on 16 February 2015 against Club Atlético Sarmiento in a 1–4 away win.[1] On 25 April 2015, his former team Huracán beat River Plate for the Supercopa Argentina title.

In the Copa Libertadores, Martínez was fouled in the quarter-final first leg match against Boca Juniors, a match River Plate would go on to win. Martínez won two more Copa Argentina in a row, in 2016 and 2017. Martínez added two Recopa Sudamericanas, in 2015 and 2016. Martínez also won two Copa Libertadores, in 2015 and 2018, as well as one 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, in which he scored in River's 3–0 win over Gamba Osaka.[2] He was instrumental in obtaining his first Supercopa Argentina title against Boca.

On 9 December 2018, Martínez scored his side's third goal to seal a 3–1 win, 5–3 aggregate victory, over Boca Juniors in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores held at Real Madrid's Bernabéu Stadium.[3] Following the victory, he announced that he would be joining MLS side Atlanta United after the FIFA Club World Cup, as the American club met his $17 million release clause.[4]

Atlanta United[edit]

On 24 January 2019, Martínez's transfer to Major League Soccer side Atlanta United was confirmed.[5]

On 12 May 2019, Martínez scored his first goal for Atlanta United during a 1–0 victory against Orlando City.[6][7]

He scored the game winner in the U.S. Open Cup final victory over Minnesota United on 27 August.[8]

International career[edit]

On 8 September 2018, Martínez made his Argentina debut in a 3–0 victory over Guatemala.[9] He started the match, scored from the penalty spot after a handball by Elías Vásquez midway through the first half, and was replaced by Franco Vázquez in the 56th minute.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[11]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 10 July 2019.[12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huracán 2011–12 Primera B Nacional 15 0 0 0 15 0
2012–13 Primera B Nacional 28 0 2 0 30 0
2013–14 Primera B Nacional 29 4 0 0 29 4
2014 Primera B Nacional 21 4 1 0 22 4
Total 93 8 7 2 96 8
River Plate 2015 Primera División 25 4 2 0 16[a] 0 5[b] 1[c] 48 5
2016 Primera División 14 3 0 0 3 0 17 3
2016–17 Primera División 28 7 5 1 5 0 3[d] 0 41 8
2017–18 Primera División 21 6 4 2 10 1 1[e] 1 36 10
2018–19 Primera División 7 2 3 2 6 2 2[f] 2 18 8
Total 95 22 14 5 40 3 11 4 160 34
Atlanta United 2019 MLS 18 2 3 1 4 0 25 3
Career total 216 32 24 8 44 3 11 4 281 45
  1. ^ Eleven appearances in Copa Libertadores and five appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Two appearances in Recopa Sudamericana, one appearance in Supercopa Argentina, one appearance in Suruga Bank Championship, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ One goal in Suruga Bank Championship
  4. ^ Two appearances in Recopa Sudamericana and one appearance in Supercopa Argentina
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercopa Argentina
  6. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

Personal life[edit]

His nickname, Pity, refers to the wren ("pititorra"), from his native homeland of Mendoza, Argentina. He was given the nickname at the age of five, and does not respond to his given name, Gonzalo.[13]

Honours[edit]

Huracán

River Plate

Atlanta United

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarmiento vs. River Plate - 16 February 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  2. ^ a b "Gamba Osaka 0:3 River Plate" (in Spanish). Conmebol. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "River Plate beat Boca Juniors in epic final to claim fourth Copa Libertadores crown". ESPNFC. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ "River Plate's Gonzalo 'Pity' Martinez confirms Atlanta United move after Club World Cup". ESPNFC. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Atlanta United signs Gonzalo "Pity" Martínez". Major League Soccer. 24 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Atlanta 1-0 Orlando". MLS. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Atlanta United 1, Orlando 0: Player ratings". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Atlanta United wins U.S. Open Cup". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Argentina 3 Guatemala 0: No Messi, no worries as Simeone scores on debut". Goal. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Argentina without Messi ease to victory, Simeone's son scores". MARCA. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Martínez, Gonzalo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.thefinalball.com/player.php?id=374281
  13. ^ "Pity Martínez, destino de crack". El Gráfico. 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Atlanta beats Club America to lift Campeones Cup". ESPNFC. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  15. ^ "It's Official: South American Player Of The Year Joins Atlanta United". WABE. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Pity Martinez named 2018 South American Player of the Year". SB Nation. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  17. ^ "2019 MLS All-Star Roster". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 14 July 2019.