MARTINEZ AND OWENS CONTINUE SOCCER CAREERS IN PUERTO RICO SOCCER LEAGUE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State senior defenders Omar Martinez and Adam Owens have signed on to play in the Puerto Rico Soccer League for the 2009 season.
Martinez, a two-time all-MPSF performer for the Hornets, has signed with Bayamon FC, which serves as the reserve team for the USL First Division Puerto Rico Islanders, who are set to make their second straight appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League. A native of Half Moon Bay, Martinez was a two-year starter at right-back for the Hornets after transfering from Canada JC. He earned honorable mention all-MPSF honors in 2008, after receiving second team honors following his junior campaign. Martinez had his strongest offensive season to date in 2008. leading the team in assists with five. He constantly ran up and down the pitch during his two seasons, taking the team’s throw-ins and free kicks offensively before hustling back to his defensive position.
Owens, a three-time all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection at center-back, has signed with the Gigantes de Carolina FC, who are an affilate of Argentine power Club Atlético Boca. A native of Carmichael who attended Jesuit High School, Owens earned second team all-conference honors for the third time during his career in 2008, having previously earned first team all-MPSF honors following his sophomore and junior campaigns. He is the school’s career leader in matches played, seeing the pitch in 74 matches for the Green and Gold while making 60 starts. Owens was a team captain during his final two seasons at Sacramento State, and was a MPSF Scholar Athlete award winner in 2008.
The Puerto Rico Soccer League is in its second season of operation, and runs from June-October.