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Real Salt Lake, Martinez mutually agree to part ways

Photo by Jeff Swinger/USA Today Sports
Photo by Jeff Swinger/USA Today Sports

Juan Manuel “Burrito” Martinez will not be back with Real Salt Lake in 2017.

The club announced on Wednesday that both parties have mutually agreed to part ways. Martinez is leaving for personal reasons and will return to Argentina.

“We would like to thank Juan for his contributions to the club the past two seasons,” said RSL general manager Craig Waibel.  “Juan’s Family has always been the most important thing to him.  Unfortunately, the adjustment to life in Salt Lake City off the field with young kids didn’t work out as well as we all wanted it to.  In the end Juan was very happy here with the organization and MLS, but at this point we feel the most important thing is to make sure that he and his family can be home and closer to their family.”

Martinez scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in 47 appearances since he signed with RSL in August 2015. The 31-year-old spent most of his career in Argentina with Velez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors before he moved to Utah.

“I want to thank Real Salt Lake for the wonderful opportunity to play in Utah,” said Martinez. “The fans were tremendous and I can’t thank them enough for their support over the last two seasons. I am proud of what we accomplished in 2016 and I want to thank my teammates, the coaches, the club and our supporters for all that they did to make this feel like home.”

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