Martinez, 29, joins Phil Neville’s Miami aspect as a free agent after Atlanta agreed to train their one allowable offseason buyout of a assured contract. Doing so opens up wage area and a Designated Participant spot on Atlanta’s roster.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to represent Inter Miami and give the best of myself,” Martinez mentioned. “This is a club with high aspirations and that aims to be amongst the best in the league. I hope to help the team achieve its objectives and leave my mark at the club.”
The transfer brings to an finish one of many biggest tenures for any participant with one membership in MLS historical past.
Martinez shortly established himself as a legend in Atlanta after becoming a member of the crew forward of their 2017 enlargement season.
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) January 18, 2023
After scoring 19 targets in his debut season, the previous Torino man completed as MLS high scorer and was voted the league’s MVP in 2018 following his then-record 31 regular-season targets. He scored 4 extra within the playoffs as Atlanta received MLS Cup.
Twenty-seven targets adopted in 2019 however a torn ACL suffered within the opening recreation of the 2020 season dominated him out for the remainder of the yr.
Martinez has struggled to recapture his prolific kind since, scoring 12 targets in 2021 and 9 final yr as his crew missed the playoffs.
His relationship with the membership additionally appeared to deteriorate final season, when he was suspended for one week for what the membership mentioned was “conduct detrimental to the team.”
A supply informed ESPN on the time that the suspension got here after an altercation between Martinez and Atlanta supervisor Gonzalo Pineda after the participant flipped a catering desk.
There had been a collection of occasions through which Martinez had proven a “lack of respect” for coaches and teammates, the supply added.