Another day, another South American linked with Atlanta United. So, who is Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez? @_LukeBeaumont investigates.
According to reports in Argentina and a Dirty South Soccer report in Atlanta, the Five Stripes are weighing up a move for River Plate midfielder, ‘Pity’ Martinez.
It is suggested that the 25-year-old Argentine could be brought to Major League Soccer in the winter as Atlanta look for a like-for-like replacement for Miguel Almiron, a player who is inevitably destined for Europe – a move that could happen once the 2018 season comes to a close.
Admittedly, my knowledge of South American soccer is pretty poor, despite the consistent talent being produced in the continent…
I had a quick chat with world football enthusiast, Mitch Procter (@Procter__), to find out his thoughts on the highly-rated Argentine and what he could bring to the Eastern Conference outfit:
“He is a great player and can easily become better than [Miguel] Almiron, which is definitely hard to believe. Like most Argentine’s, he has immense talent on the ball and is a superb dribbler. He is the kind of player you would kill to have on your five-a-side team.
“He is a great talent and should easily take MLS by storm, especially with a team like Atlanta United.”
Atlanta United has been a hotbed for South American players since the side’s Major League Soccer introduction in 2017, with players coming from all over the continent. Top scorer and history-maker Josef Martinez hails from Venezuela, the influential Miguel Almiron is a Paraguayan international and $15million man Ezequiel Barco is a young Argentine.
Scouting in South America has been key to Atlanta United’s success during their first two years in MLS, so why change what isn’t broken and something that clearly works for them?
It is rumoured that there’s a €15million release clause in Martinez’s contract. A lot of money, but if you factor into the equation that Atlanta could realistically get double that for Miguel Almiron, it may be a deal worth making.