Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Atlanta signs Torres with Martinez out for season

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Friday, 31 July 2020 12:09

Atlanta United made a pair of moves on Friday in a bid to shore up the striker position, signing Erick "Cubo" Torres and placing Josef Martinez on the season-ending injury list.

Martinez, the 2018 MLS MVP, tore the ACL in his right knee in Atlanta's season-opening 2-1 win over Nashville SC on Feb. 29. He underwent surgery on March 18.

- Play Soccer Playoff Pick 'Em through the MLS knockout rounds
- Stream MLS is Back on ESPN networks, App | FC Daily on ESPN+
- MLS is Back schedule, TV info: What you need to know

By being placed on the season-ending injury list, Martinez will not be able to play in any MLS competitions for the remainder of the 2020 season. Per MLS roster rules, the Martinez move allowed Atlanta to obtain roster relief in the form of an open roster spot, as well as salary budget relief up to $250,000 to sign a replacement.

Atlanta has struggled in Martinez's absence, failing to score a single goal while losing all three games at the MLS is Back tournament. That run of results led to the team parting ways with manager Frank de Boer on July 24.

"Josef's rehab is progressing well and is going to plan; however, it was important for us to make this move as it gives us roster relief and flexibility for the rest of the 2020 season," Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. "We will miss his ability and leadership on the field this season, but we look forward to having him back at the start of preseason next year."

In Martinez's place, the Five Stripes acquired Torres, who was out of contract after spending the last two years with Liga MX side CD Tijuana. Having played previously with two other MLS teams -- the now-defunct Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo -- Torres is familiar with the league, and has the added benefit of holding a green card, meaning he will count as a domestic player.

"'Cubo' is a natural goal-scoring forward who will bolster our frontline and we're pleased to add a player of his quality to the team," Bocanegra said. "He has consistently shown his finishing abilities in MLS, Liga MX and on the international stage, and we expect him to immediately contribute to the second half of our season."

Torres, 27, was at one point considered 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 goals in 51 league and cup appearances over the next two seasons.

Following Chivas USA's folding after the 2014 season, MLS purchased Torres' contract, making him a Designated Player. He eventually landed in Houston, though his form was uneven during his tenure there. He went 23 league and cup appearances without scoring and was twice loaned to Guadalajara and Cruz Azul during that time.

Torres bounced back in 2017, scoring 14 goals in 31 league and playoff appearances, five of which came from the penalty spot. Torres returned to Mexico in 2018 with Pumas and later Tijuana, but has struggled to find success since. Over the last two years, he has scored nine goals in 45 league and cup appearances.

At international level, Torres scored one goal in seven appearances for Mexico.

Read 25 times

1 comment

  • best website hosting
    Comment Link posted by best website hosting
    Tuesday, 11 August 2020 08:24

    Greetings I am so thrilled I found your website,
    I really found you by error, while I was researching on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have
    time to browse it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I
    have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the superb b.

Leave a comment

Soccer

Bayern should smash Barca, but can you ever count out the Catalans?

Bayern should smash Barca, but can you ever count out the Catalans?

If history has its way, Bayern Munich will stick three or four unanswered goals past Barcelona on Fr...

Arsenal investigate £72m Pepe transfer; Barcelona start hunt for new boss

Arsenal investigate £72m Pepe transfer; Barcelona start hunt for new boss

Welcome to ESPN's Insider Notebook, featuring contributions from our reporters across the top league...

Dallas condemns death threats against Cannon

Dallas condemns death threats against Cannon

Both Major League Soccer and FC Dallas released statements late Thursday in support of Dallas defend...

Basketball

Dame, Blazers survive Nets to nab play-in berth

Dame, Blazers survive Nets to nab play-in berth

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Ninety-one seconds into the fourth quarter of a game that would decide the...

Griffin willing to change roles to help Pistons

Griffin willing to change roles to help Pistons

In the midst of a Detroit Pistons rebuild, six-time All-Star Blake Griffin is embracing the process...

Baseball

Dodgers team with LeBron for stadium poll site

Dodgers team with LeBron for stadium poll site

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' voting-rights group has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Cards-White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday

Cards-White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals' series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed t...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
www.idignewspapers.com
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
www.idigcasinos.com
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
www.idigradio.com
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated