Strikers Bolster Front Office Personnel

Tampa, Florida – The Tampa Bay Strikers of the NISL have appointed Ariel Martinez as the clubDirector of OperationsMartinez has been involved in the soccer industry since 1998 and brings a vast amount of experience to the team.   

Recently, Martinez was the managing partner of We Got Soccer, Tampas only soccer specialty store.  Prior to this, he was the owner of Best Buy Soccer in Carrollwood and the managing partner of United World Soccer store in Brandon.    

Martinez will assist the management staff of GM Gary Tufford, focusing on local clubs, groups and servicing business sales and interests within the community. Tufford stated, “I am very pleased to add Ariel to our staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the soccer climate here in the Tampa Bay area and he will be a valuable asset to us all”. 

 Martinez has worked in the past with Orlando City Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS), Tampa Bay Rowdies in North American Soccer League (NASL), and the Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League. Currently, he is involved with Cinco Juniors soccer program developing a grassroots and training program for youth. 

The Strikers begin play in December, calling the Yuengling Center on the campus of USF, home for 10 home games with both Mens and Womens games being played in a double header format. Season tickets are on sale now, go to for more information.