Forward Douglas Martinez became the eighth Real Monarchs SLC player to sign a contract with the USL Championship affiliate’s parent club on Saturday, the club announced.
The 22-year-old Honduran striker has scored 11 goals in 17 matches in his first season with Real Monarch SLC. He is one of four current RSL players — Nick Besler, Justin Portillo and Andrew Putna — to sign a contract out of the USL or USL Championship ranks. He was signed the day after scoring in the 79th minute of a match against OKC Energy FC on Friday.
“Douglas came in with an opportunity to prove that he was capable of playing at an MLS level and he’s done that with his play on the field, but also his professionalism,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “He checks all the boxes for us in terms of player development and providing a new dynamic to our first team roster and he’s also the type of player that will represent our club and our fans well. He still has so much potential and we are excited to see what he can bring to the RSL locker room.”
Martinez has risen through the organization quickly after signing with the Monarchs in January. Martinez made his professional debut at 16 years old with Honduran club C.D.S. Vida and spent the 2017-18 season there after a stint in USL. He spent the 2017 season on loan with New York Red Bulls II, making four starts and scoring once.
Martinez helped the Honduras U-23 National Team to a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games. He scored two goals in the run of play and one during a penalty shootout against Mexico.
“My first reaction was one of disbelief,” Martinez said. “We’re always working to become part of the first team, and I thank God for the opportunity I’ve been given.”
Martinez was not in the squad Saturday during RSL’s loss to the Portland Timbers.