It was a tale of two seasons this year for Collin Martin, the Homegrown attacking midfielder. At the beginning of the season he was loaned to the Richmond Kickers, where he played in a role that oscillated between central midfield and support striker throughout the match. And in his five games for the Kickers, he totalled three assists while generally looking a step above the average USL PRO player. He was the perfect model for the USL PRO-MLS relationship: a young player with talent who needed game time to continue to improve.
But then, injuries struck over the summer at the parent club and Martin came back to D.C. His first start was against the New England Revolution in May, alongside Eddie Johnson in a 4-4-2. After that, he would play about once a month for the rest of the season, often coming in as a sub and playing as a wide midfielder, where he never looked particularly comfortable. However, Martin has been mentioned as an important player for next season, along with Kofi Opare, out of the crew of young players who have yet to make their mark. Due to his homegrown status, Martin is exempt from the expansion draft and will definitely be back with D.C. United next season, but give us your thoughts on the 20-year old playmaker below.