Houston Dynamo has added Argentine midfielder Tomas Martinezas a young designated player, signing him on a year contract the club announced on Monday.
Martinez joins the club as a full transfer from PortugesePremeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Braga, joining when his P-1 Visa andInternational Transfer Certificate (ITC) come through. The Argentine is thethird DP on the Houston Dynamo roster, and at 22 is the second oldest of thethree with Erick Torres the oldest at 24.
Speaking about the signing, Dynamo General Manager MattJordan said “Tomas Martinez is a player who we’ve tracked for quite some time,and after a lengthy process we’re pleased to welcome him to the Houston Dynamo.”
Having begun his professional career at 18, Martinez hasbeen involved in top level soccer since he joined River Plate at the age ofsix. Martinez first appearance saw him already involved with a Major LeagueSoccer player, making his debut professional appearance, coming in for current FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz.
At International level Martinez has been selected to represent Argentina at Under 20 and Under 23 level over many years. Thatincluded winning the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship andplaying in the Under 20 World Cup and Olympic Games.
Starting his career at River Plate, Martinez was part of thesquad that won the 2013-14 Copa Sudamericana. While with River plate he made 18 appearances while also going out on loan in Spain with Tenerife in 2015 and2016 and then on loan with Defensa y Justica in 2016.
At the end of the 2015-16 season Martinez moved to Portugalwith Sporting Braga on a full transfer for the 2016-17 season. There he managed 15 appearances for the side, scoring three times and laying off one assist.
It is not clear if Martinez will be available this weekend butwhen he is Houston’s active roster will be up to 28, with eight internationals on the roster.