Midfielder-forward Collin Martin, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate who played one season at Wake Forest, is planning to sign an MLS homegrown contract with D.C. United.
“I had a blast playing at Wake Forest,” Martin said in a news release issued by the university. “D.C. United made an offer that I felt I couldn’t refuse. It has been a dream of mine to play professional soccer, and the offer they made was too difficult to turn down.”
Earlier in the day, Wake Coach Jay Vidovich confirmed to the Insider that Martin was departing the program to sign with United.
United officials did not offer comment.
Martin, 18, played in all 20 matches last fall (15 starts) and had one goal and a team-high six assists.
He has been involved in United’s academy program for several years and has trained with the first team at times.
“This is his ambition — to become a pro,” Vidovich said. “I didn’t think it would happen now, but he made some good strides. We’ll miss him. He feels he needs to prove himself among the pros.”
Martin has played for the U.S. under-14, under-15, under-17 and under-20 national teams and trained informally with Manchester United and German club Hoffenheim.
United’s previous homegrown signings: goalkeeper Bill Hamid (Annandale), midfielder-defender Andy Najar (Alexandria), defender Ethan White (Kensington), midfielder Conor Shanosky (Sterling) and forward Michael Seaton (Capitol Heights).