CAROLINA CORE FC Hires Juan-Carlos Martinez as Soccer Analyst

CAROLINA CORE FC Hires Juan-Carlos Martinez as Soccer Analyst

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Carolina Core FC today announced the hiring of Juan-Carlos Martinez as a Soccer Analyst.

“Juan-Carlos (JC) brings a wealth of experience after being part of the Houston Dynamo’s Academy for seven years as well as having assisted with the Houston Dash WPSL. His roles before coming to the Core were head coach of the MLS NEXT U13 Academy team, and prior to that, he was assistant coach for the Dynamo’s U20 for two years. “JC” will be the team’s Soccer Analyst and Assistant Coach as an addition to the CCFC technical staff,” said CCFC Head Coach Roy Lassiter. “We welcome “JC” to the team and know he will contribute greatly to CCFC.”

Martinez joins Carolina Core FC having amassed over 13 years of experience in coaching, working in various positions and levels. Since March 2016, Martinez has worked for the Houston Dynamo and Dash organization. Most recently, Martinez worked under CCFC Head Coach Roy Lassiter as the U20 Assistant Coach and helped the team towards their first conference title and Round of 16 appearance. He’s also learned from and assisted with every age group in the academy level from the U19 and U17 teams that were previously under the now-current Dynamo 2 head coach Kenny Bundy, as well as the younger U15-U13 age groups, where he was the head coach for the U13 age group before making the move to the CCFC.

“I’m so very thankful to Eddie, Roy, and the rest of the CCFC management and staff for trusting in me and bringing me onboard to be a part of a team and organization that has such high potential.” says Juan-Carlos,

In this role as Soccer Analyst, Martinez will be responsible for working directly with Head Coach Roy Lassiter to help train and develop players at the club.

Prior to his time with the Houston Dynamo Academy, Martinez was with the Houston Dash of the NWSL from 2016 to 2017, where he served as an Assistant Coach. Throughout his time with the club, Martinez led video analysis and breakdowns for individual players and team meetings. In his time, he also helped with player scouting for trades and monitoring free agents.

Martinez brings versatility to the coaching staff, having worked at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels. He has experienced the process of connecting, developing, and progressing young talent to their highest potential.

Martinez currently has his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) B National License and is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Fitness, and Sports.

ABOUT Carolina Core FC

Founded in 2022, Carolina Core FC is an independent professional men’s soccer club that will begin play in MLS NEXT Pro in 2024. The club’s local owners are dedicated to community development through its on-field and off-field activities. Carolina Core FC has diligently worked behind the scenes to build together its experienced executive staff, including High Point Native, Eddie Pope as the Chief Sporting Officer. Eddie is a former U.S. Men’s National Team, MLS legend and USSF Hall of Famer. #CCFC will play its home matches in High Point, N.C. at Truist Point, the $38 million stadium located in the revitalized downtown social district. Supporters can join the club by securing a season seat and ordering Carolina Core FC merchandise at www.carolinacorefc.com.

ABOUT MLS NEXT Pro

Launched in 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the pro player pathway from MLS NEXT to MLS first teams. MLS NEXT Pro continues to grow the game through innovation and diversity, bringing professional soccer to new communities and creating opportunities both on and off the field. MLS NEXT Pro will celebrate its third season in 2024 with 29 teams, 27 MLS-affiliated and two independent, Carolina Core FC and Chattanooga FC. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join in the years ahead, including Cleveland and Jacksonville Armada FC. The majority of MLS NEXT Pro’s matches are broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV as part of the groundbreaking partnership between Apple and MLS. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit?mlsnextpro.com.