This summer, Moises Martinez’s biggest challenge was making Fresno FC’s first team.
Now he’s in an entirely different battle.
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The 24-year-old player fell into a coma last week, the result of a “serious genetic condition” described as a “tangle of veins in the back of his head” and a “bomb waiting to go off.”
Martinez is on life support, engaged to be married, and his fiancee is two months pregnant. A GoFundMe page is the “only source of income” for the family since his father has taken off of work from his job at a collision shop to be with his son. From The Fresno Bee:
“(Martinez’s fiancee) said there was a malformation in his head that caused an aneurism and ruptured vein. Doctors drilled holes in his head to remove blood and fluid, and removed the bottom half of his skull. His ruptured vein was repaired, but his brain stem was damaged. Surgeons told his family they did everything they could to help him.”
The page is nearing its $15,000 goal.
Martinez went to West Hills College and has six goals and six assists as a sophomore in 2015. He played PDL with Fresno FC’s U-23 side.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will continue their stake in USL next season, but it won’t be with their current affiliate.
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The Western Conference side announced on Friday that it will bring a new affiliate into USL in 2018 as Fresno FC makes its debut in the Division II league.
In the wake of this decision by the Whitecaps, the club’s current USL side, Vancouver Whitecaps 2, won’t be returning to the league in the near future.
“First of all, we would like to thank every person who has worked tirelessly with Whitecaps FC 2 over the past three seasons,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “With both the USL and Canadian soccer landscapes evolving, now is the right time to make this change for our club. We are delighted to be working with Fresno FC, where the USL will provide the opportunity for high-level competition that will benefit our first team in MLS in the future. We expect that the internal competition for playing time at Fresno FC will provide a tremendous and challenging environment for our top young players.”
The relationship between Vancouver and Fresno will operate similarly to the club’s former status with Whitecaps 2, which allows the senior team to send players down and sign them to MLS contracts when seen fit by the club.
Former MLS manager Frank Yallop serves as general manager for the new USL side, while Adam Smith has been named Fresno’s first head coach.