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Cuban forward Ariel Martinez joins Hartford Athletic

By Staff, 04/19/22, 2:23PM EDT


Former Miami FC player has recorded eight goals, 10 assists in Championship over past two seasons

New Hartford Athletic signing Ariel Martinez recorded six goals and seven assists while helping Miami FC reach the USL Championship Playoffs a season ago. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Tuesday the club had signed forward Ariel Martínez for the remainder of the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval.

Martínez has played in the USL Championship with the Charleston Battery, FC Tulsa, and most recently with Miami FC in 2021. The Cuban forward tallied six goals and seven assists in 29 appearances for Miami this past season and has notched eight goals and 10 assists in 44 regular-season appearances in the league overall.

Born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, the 35-year-old is one of the most experienced international players of his generation, collecting 34 goals across 58 starts for Cuba on the international stage. Martínez made his American soccer debut with the Charleston Battery in 2015 after defecting from Cuba during the 2015 Gold Cup. Between 2016 and 2019 he played four seasons with Miami FC, where he recorded 23 goals and 16 assists.

Hartford Athletic will host the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

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