BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 11, 2010
Coming off the 2009 U17 World Cup in Nigeria, midfielder Carlos Martinez will be looking to earn a professional contract with a club in 2010 starting with training spells in Mexico and Argentina.
Martinez will begin 2010 by accepting an invitiation to train with Mexican club Tigres. Martinez plans on heading to Mexico on January 10th to begin training with the club who are based in San Nicolas, Mexico and currently plays in the Mexican Primera Division.
Next month in February, following training with Tigres, Martinez will travel south to Buenos Aires to train with Argentine powers Boca Juniors where he received an invitation to train. Martinez is excited but also aware of the responsibilites with training with such a high profile club.
"I will be going to Boca in February," the San Pedro, California native told YA. "Expectations are high because since they represent a big name. I will have to be sure to give it all my effort to represent them in a good way."
Regardless of what happens with Boca Juniors or Tigres, Martinez will be looking to join a foreign club to start his professional career.
"Right now, I think that's the best way to grow as a player and a professional," Martinez explained. "My goal is to play outside the USA for a bit and maybe someday come to MLS."
In addition to finding a foreign club, Martinez is also excited to be part of the initial player pool for the US's 2011 U20 cycle as they progress towards the 2011 U20 World Cup in Colombia.
Martinez, who will turn 18 on January 21st, was named to the roster of the first U20 camp of the 2011 cycle by U20 head coach Thomas Rongan. Martinez feels that his first camp went well and came away impressed by both the players and coaches.
"My first U20 camp went well, I think. The coaching staff is great and the enviroment is incredible," Martinez said of his first experience with the U20s in December. "The players are also good and more mature and its great seeing some old faces from the past. Playing under Rongen seems to me to be an incredible experience because of the reputation he has. As well as his history as a coach. Overall, I like the coach and everyone in the U20 group."