Atlético Ottawa adds young Spanish midfielder Victor Martínez

The CPL’s newest team has added another name to its growing ranks, with Friday’s announcement that midfielder Victor ‘Viti’ Martínez has joined Atlético Ottawa for the 2020 season.

Martínez is a 22-year-old born in Mataró, Spain — not far from Barcelona. His footballing career so far has been spent in his native country, with his most recent club being third-tier side Gimnàstic de Tarragona. He spent two years at Gimnàstic, making 24 total appearances split between Spain’s second and third flights.

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“We are delighted to announce ‘Viti’ as an Atlético Ottawa player, with his addition we continue with our philosophy of supplying top level players to our squad and to attract the best talents to the nation’s capital,” said club CEO Fernando López. 

“With Víctor, we will make a leap in quality in the midfield and back of the team. He can play in several positions and we are sure that his experience playing at a high level in Spain and his variety of skills and resources, will definitely contribute to make a better group on and off the pitch.”

Prior to joining Gimnàstic, Martínez spent a full season at CE Sabadell, another third-tier side in the Catalonia region. He had previously been in Sabadell’s youth system, having played for a variety of local clubs prior to making his professional debut.

“I am very excited and happy to be in Canada and be part of this club,” said Martínez. “I can’t wait to start the season and contribute to the success of the team. I hope we can start soon and enjoy football all together at TD Place.”

An out-and-out central midfielder, Martínez joins a cast that includes Ajay Khabra, Jamaican international Tevin Shaw, and Mexican veteran Francisco Acuña.

The Spaniard is Atlético Ottawa’s 14th signing and their sixth international player.