LAFC announced today that the Club has acquired forward David Martínez from Venezuela’s Monagas SC. Martinez is signed to a contract that starts Feb. 7 and extends through 2027 with a team option for 2028. Martínez joins LAFC as part of Major League Soccer’s U22 Initiative and will occupy an international roster spot pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa.
“David is one of the most sought-after young players in South America with an impressive amount of experience despite his age,” said Co-President and General Manager John Thorrington. “We are incredibly excited about David’s potential and his future at LAFC. I would like to thank our scout Pipe Altamar for his great work as well as Nicolas Fernandez from Monagas for their critical roles in the process of signing David.”
A native of El Tigre, Venezuela, Martínez spent the past two years playing for Monagas SC of Venezuela’s First Division. Martínez made his senior debut for Monagas at 16 years old vs. CD Everton in the Copa Libertadores on Feb. 22, 2022. He quickly became a marquee player for Monagas, making 38 appearances (24 starts) and recording six goals and five assists across all competitions, including five Copa Libertadores appearances.
Internationally, David made his Senior National Team debut at the age of 17 for Venezuela during a friendly match vs. Guatemala on June 16, 2023. Martínez has also played for Venezuela at the U-17 and U-20 levels, making his U-20 debut for Venezuela when he was 16 vs. Bolivia at the 2023 U-20 South American Championship. Martínez has registered 21 combined appearances across all competitions for Venezuela’s U-17 and U-20 teams.
TRANSACTION: LAFC acquires forward David Martínez from Venezuela’s Monagas SC on a contract through 2027 with a Club option for 2028. Martínez joins LAFC as part of MLS’ U22 initiative and will occupy an International Roster Slot.
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