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Douglas Martinez is a New York Red Bulls player, says Douglas Martinez

RBNY will announce his signing when RBNY is ready, but Douglas Martinez's Instagram is in no mood to wait.

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Douglas Martinez's departure for the New York Red Bulls was covered by the Honduran press a few days ago. And he was revealed to be at Red Bull Arena for RBNY's game against D.C. United on April 15. It should be only a matter of time before his signing is officially announced by RBNY (or, more likely, NYRB II).

Until then, a little further confirmation: the 19-year-old Honduras U-20 Men's National-Teamer's last Instagram post was a thank-you-and-farewell to those who have helped his career to date for club (Vida in the Honduran top flight) and country.

He references having to leave a little unexpectedly in that post, and that aligns with the expectation that had made its way into the public domain: that he would defer his transfer to New York until after the U-20 World Cup.

What spurred the change of plans? We will likely never know. But the team he is expected to play for this season - NYRB II - does have injury problems at the moment. The U-20 World Cup start on May 20 and Martinez is expected to be part of the Honduras squad for that tournament, so he probably doesn't have long with RBNY before he has to join his national team's preparations for the big trip to South Korea. But injury-hit NYRB II could maybe use the help in the meantime, and he presumably would benefit from the playing time.

It will now be a surprise if Martinez's signing is not officially announced shortly by RBNY. Certainly, it seems it will be a surprise to the player himself, who is already attached to the club in his own mind.

H/T @Jerzyiroc