FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno Football Club has signed Fresno native Elijah Martin for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval, the club announced today.
The 22-year-old midfielder/defender brings versatility and pace to the Foxes after having spent the previous seasons with the Fresno FC U23s and Fresno Fuego at the USL League Two level. Martin returns to the USL Championship for the first time since he spent two seasons with LA Galaxy II, collecting 17 appearances over 2014 and 2015. Martin has also represented the United States as a youth, having played for the U-17 U.S. Boys National Team during the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Panama.
“Elijah made his way through the youth national ranks and then found his way to the LA Galaxy organization, proving himself as a talented young athlete,” said head coach Adam Smith. “This is a great opportunity to reignite his professional career in front of his hometown, and we’re thrilled to see what he will bring to the club.”
“I’m very appreciative for the opportunity Fresno is giving me to help achieve my goals. I’m looking forward to competing and working my way to playing at the highest level,” Martin said.
Martin and The Foxes will take on his former team, LA Galaxy II, in a preseason exhibition set for this Friday, February 8 at Chukchansi Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with tickets now on sale online and the Chukchansi Park Box Office.
The Foxes kick off the USL Championship regular season on March 9 at New Mexico United. The Foxes open at home on March 23 against Reno 1868 FC. Tickets for the full 2019 Season and single games are available now at 559-320-2525 or by visiting FresnoFC.com.
Name: Elijah Martin
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
How Acquired: Free agent
Last club: Fresno FC U23s