01 Aug Atlanta United indicators Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres with Josef Martinez out for season
Atlanta United made a pair of strikes on Friday in a bid to shore up the striker place, signing Erick “Cubo” Torres and putting Josef Martinez on the season-ending harm listing.
Martinez, the 2018 MLS MVP, tore the ACL in his proper knee in Atlanta’s season-opening 2-1 win over Nashville SC on Feb. 29. He underwent surgical procedure on March 18.
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By being positioned on the season-ending harm listing, Martinez won’t be able to play in any MLS competitions for the rest of the 2020 season. Per MLS roster guidelines, the Martinez transfer allowed Atlanta to acquire roster aid within the type of an open roster spot, in addition to wage funds aid as much as $250,000 to signal a alternative.
Atlanta has struggled in Martinez’s absence, failing to attain a single aim whereas shedding all three video games on the MLS is Again event. That run of outcomes led to the team parting methods with supervisor Frank de Boer on July 24.
“Josef’s rehab is progressing properly and goes to plan; nevertheless, it was vital for us to make this transfer because it provides us roster aid and adaptability for the remainder of the 2020 season,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra mentioned. “We are going to miss his capability and management on the sphere this season, however we look ahead to having him again in the beginning of preseason subsequent 12 months.”
In Martinez’s place, the 5 Stripes acquired Torres, who was out of contract after spending the final two years with Liga MX facet CD Tijuana. Having performed beforehand with two different MLS teams — the now-defunct Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo — Torres is acquainted with the league, and has the additional benefit of holding a inexperienced card, that means he’ll depend as a home participant.
“‘Cubo’ is a pure goal-scoring ahead who will bolster our frontline and we’re happy so as to add a participant of his high quality to the team,” Bocanegra mentioned. “He has persistently proven his ending talents in MLS, Liga MX and on the worldwide stage, and we anticipate him to right away contribute to the second half of our season.”
Torres, 27, was at one level thought-about an up-and-coming star in Mexico, breaking in with Guadalajara as a 17-year-old in 2010. He was loaned to Chivas USA in 2013, scoring 23 objectives in 51 league and cup appearances over the subsequent two seasons.
Following Chivas USA’s folding after the 2014 season, MLS bought Torres’ contract, making him a Designated Participant. He ultimately landed in Houston, although his kind was uneven throughout his tenure there. He went 23 league and cup appearances with out scoring and was twice loaned to Guadalajara and Cruz Azul throughout that point.
Torres bounced again in 2017, scoring 14 objectives in 31 league and playoff appearances, 5 of which got here from the penalty spot. Torres returned to Mexico in 2018 with Pumas and later Tijuana, however has struggled to search out success since. Over the past two years, he has scored 9 objectives in 45 league and cup appearances.
At worldwide stage, Torres scored one aim in seven appearances for Mexico.