WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 — D.C. United may be struggling in the midst of its worst season ever, but one of the bright spots for the club is its ability to produce talented homegrown players.
In recent years, United has produced 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar and goalie Bill Hamid, who is currently on the U.S. national team roster at the Gold Cup. Najar was so good that he was bought by Belgian club Anderlecht earlier this year.
Today, the club signed 18-year-old club academy product and former Wake Forest player Collin Martin. The midfielder is the sixth homegrown player in United’s history, joining Najar, Hamid, defender Conor Shanosky, defender Ethan White and forward Michael Seaton. White has been excellent in recent games for the club and Shanosky has been impressive in the playing time he has recieved.
In joining United as a pro, Martin who played on United’s U-16 team at 14 years old, has forfeited three years of eligibility at Wake Forest. Martin is now available for United’s friendly fans at RFK Stadium on Friday against Chivas Guadalajara.
“Collin is a creative and technical player who exhibits true playmaking qualities,” said D.C. United director of youth development Sonny Silooy. “We have enjoyed watching his progression from the Academy to the First Team and are very proud of his accomplishment.”
A native of Chevy Chase, Md., Martin had previously played on the club’s reserve team and represented the United States at the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels.
Martin joined Wake Forest University in 2012 and as a freshman was featured in all 20 games (15 starts) of the 2012 NCAA season, notching one goal and added six assists.
THE FACTS ON COLLIN MARTIN
Name: Collin Martin
Birthdate: November 9, 1994
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Md.
Previous Club: D.C. United Academy
Acquired: Signed on July 10, 2013 as a Homegrown player.
Source: D.C. United
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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