MLS Draft 2012: Real Salt Lake Selects Enzo Martinez With No. 17 Pick

Real Salt Lake selected Enzo Martinez with the No. 17 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Martinez could very well compete for minutes right away and is a very similar player to Andy Williams, who retired earlier this year. RSL got a fair amount of value with this pick as his Generation Adidas status will ensure that he gets time to develop and should be a nice fit in Jason Kreis' team-first system.

One of the top playmakers in the draft, Martinez is an extremely technically gifted player who helped lead North Carolina to the NCAA title with nine goals and 10 assists in 2011. While he played mainly as an attacking midfielder for the Tar Heels, he also spent a little time on the left wing and really improved his tackling in 2011, giving him a chance to play more of a box-to-box role in MLS if asked to.

The top descriptions for Martinez are usually "creative" and "playmaker," but "winner" is another common one. In addition to his national title at North Carolina, he helped the Tar Heels to the College Cup in his other two years and won three state titles in high school. That he has been called a great character guy and teammatte and has won at every stop so far in his very young career is no coincidence.

For live coverage of the draft, make sure to follow this StoryStream.

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