Union add Costa Rican forward Martinez

Union add Costa Rican forward Martinez

MLS- Philadelphia Union

Union add Costa Rican forward Martinez


Josue Martinez(5)

The Philadelphia Union added a young, promising attacking piece on Wednesday by acquiring 21-year-old Costa Rican forward Josue Martinez from CD Saprissa.

Martinez brings a strong pedigree and attacking flair to the Union, where he joins a strikeforce that boasts other up-and-comers Danny Mwanga and Jack McInerney in addition to stalwart Sebastien Le Toux.

Martinez scored 18 goals in 43 appearances with Saprissa, and he's no stranger to MLS teams. He went up against the Seattle Sounders in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League group stage, scoring the goal that put Saprissa into the knockout stage. In the semifinals of that tournament, he played against Real Salt Lake.

In 11 appearances with the Costa Rican national team, Martinez, who starred at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scored twice, including a goal in this past summer's Copa America. He suited up for Los Ticos against the United States in a September friendly at the Home Depot Center as well.

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