By AVI CREDITOR
New Chicago Fire coach and former El Salvador boss Carlos de los Cobos has added one of his former international players to his new stable of talent.
The Fire signed El Salvador-international Julio Martinez on loan from Club Leon FC of Mexico's second division Thursday, bringing a skilled, technically-sound player into a midfield that is in need of just that.
"Julio is a true professional with a winner's mentality who will come in and help out team," de los Cobos said in a press release. "I could not be happier about his signing and look forward to incorporating him in with the rest of the guys."
Martinez, 24, scored two goals in 10 appearances in 2009 for El Salvador, and he joins draft picks Corben Bone and Drew Yates as those looking to replace the departed Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe.
TORONTO FC TRADES FOR PETERSON
The Colorado Rapids shipped midfielder Jacob Peterson north of the border to Toronto FC in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
Peterson, coming off an ACL tear, is "a player that (Toronto coach) Preki has been wanting for some time," according to TFC director of soccer operations Mo Johnston.
ONSTAD ADDED TO CANADA ROSTER
Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad has been added to Canada's roster for the team's Jan. 31 friendly at Jamaica, according to The Canadian Press.
Onstad, 42, has earned 56 caps for Canada and is the oldest player in MLS. Dynamo teammate Andrew Hainault is also on Canada's roster.
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