Ariel Martínez

Ariel Pedro Martinez González (born 9 May 1986) is a Cuban footballer who last played as a striker for Miami FC in the National Independent Soccer Association.

Ariel Martínez
Personal information
Full name Ariel Pedro Martínez González
Date of birth (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986
Place of birth Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2015 Sancti Spíritus
2015 Charleston Battery 0 (0)
2016–2019 Miami FC 92 (25)
National team
2006–2015 Cuba 54 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2015

Club career

Following his defection Martínez signed with United Soccer League club Charleston Battery,[1] but was not cleared to play until late in the season due to issues with the processing of his documentation and work permit. Martínez made his only appearance for Charleston in a playoff loss to Louisville City before leaving the club at the end of 2015.

In March 2016, Martínez signed for Miami FC.[2]

International career

Martínez made his debut for Cuba in a September 2006 Gold Cup qualification match against the Turks and Caicos Islands. He was a squad member at the 2007 Gold Cup Finals.[3] He has earned a total of 54 caps, scoring 11 goals,[4] represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at 3 CONCACAF Gold Cup final tournaments.

On 17 July 2015, it was confirmed that Martinez had, alongside teammates Keyler García, Arael Argüelles and Darío Suárez, defected to the United States following Cuba's victory over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6]

International goals

Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.[7]
1.4 September 2006Estadio Pedro Marrero, La Habana, Cuba Bahamas
2007 Caribbean Cup qualification
2.6 September 2006 Cayman Islands
4.14 November 2012Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago Suriname
2012 Caribbean Cup qualification
5.10 December 2012Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda French Guiana
2012 Caribbean Cup
7.16 July 2013Rentschler Field, East Hartford, United States Belize
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10.11 November 2014Montego Bay Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica French Guiana
2014 Caribbean Cup
11.18 November 2014 Haiti


  1. "Battery sign Cuban star striker – and defector – Ariel Martinez". ABC. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. "CUBAN NATIONAL ARIEL MARTINEZ JOINS MIAMI FC ROSTER". Miami FC. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 – Full Details – RSSSF
  4. "Appearances for Cuba National Team". RSSSF.
  5. Ariel MartínezFIFA competition record
  6. Staff, MLSsoccer. "Gold Cup: Striker Ariel Martinez becomes the fourth player to defect from Cuba". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. "Martínez, Ariel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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