Multiple reports out of Honduras cite officials from local top-flight club CDS Vida stating that young forward Douglas Martinez will be on trial with the New York Red Bulls for about 10 days, starting October 9.
The 20-year-old Martinez has been a regular for Vida so far this season, scoring in the club's first league game of the new campaign, against Real Sociedad.
Vida is not having a great start to its season: the team is currently ninth in Honduras' 10-team top flight. But the reports about his imminent trial with RBNY state Martinez first caught the eye of MLS scouts at the UNCAF U-20 Championship in Panama in July.
Martinez was part of the Honduras U-20 squad that won the Central American qualifying tournament for the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and if RBNY has been tracking him since, it has at least had several opportunities to see him play with his club.
As reported by Diez, Vida's sporting director Osman Velez has stated the trial will be for Martinez to impress RBNY's coaching staff, and then there will need to be a negotiation between the clubs. Velez has indicated Vida will be open to loan or full transfer agreements. The Honduran club has some experience in dealing with MLS: Elder Torres made the move from Vida to Real Monarchs (Real Salt Lake's USL team) earlier this year. Brayan Garcia trialed with D.C. United in pre-season.
The distinction between RBNY and NYRB II is understandably largely irrelevant to news outlets outside the MLS bubble, but Martinez's profile - young, relatively inexperienced, emerging rather than emerged - suggests he may be trying out for a spot on next year's II team rather than the full MLS squad.
One of several questions Jesse Marsch and Ali Curtis will doubtless be fielding when their Honduran trialist turns up in training.