Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Fire shores up roster with loan deals
by Ridge Mahoney, January 22nd, 2010 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The first piece in the reconstruction of the Chicago Fire under new coach Carlos de los Cobos has fallen into place, and another is in the works.
 
Salvadoran midfielder Julio Martinez, who played for de los Lobos with the national team, has joined the Fire on loan from Mexican club Leon. A right-sided midfielder/attacker, Martinez, 24, can fill the void left by Chris Rolfe's move to Denmark, though Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko also saw time on that side last season.

"I kind of thought Martinez was a guy that could fit in very well on the right side," said Fire technical director Frank Klopas in a team press release announcing the deal. "He's very skillful, very fast, and works both ways with the ball.

"Obviously, when we hired Carlos as coach, who happened to know him, we talked to him and compared notes. Carlos felt that he is a guy that could fit in very well with the way we want to play. So I pushed full steam ahead to make it happen."

Martinez is a native of Coatepeque, El Salvador. He began his career with Once Lobos in 2003 and played six seasons with Isidro Metapan, which played in the 2008-9 Concacaf Champions League competition. He scored three goals in seven games for Leon last season in the Mexican Primera "A" (Second Division).

League sources confirmed reports that Chicago has acquired Polish defender Krzysztof Krol, 22, on a one-year loan from Jagiellonia Bialystok. Chicago needs cover at outside back, as Gonzalo Segares has left on a free transfer to Cypriot club Apollon, and veteran Brandon Prideaux has retired.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Steve Cherundolo named Hannover 96 assistant coach     
Former U.S. national team defender Steve Cherundolo has been named assistant coach of Bundesliga club Hannover ...
Roster: U.S. U-23 women convene in Florida     
Twenty-four college players have been called into to a U.S. U-23 women's national team camp in ...
MLS attendance takes big jump    
MLS average attendance is on course to smash the league record set last year and top ...
What They're Saying: Klaus Allofs    
"There are a lot of ways of finding out when training is. And it is not ...
Video Pick: Obafemi Martins golazo leads best of MLS    
NYC's Mehdi Ballouchy, Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, Columbus' Federico Higuain, and Seattle's Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls cling to top spot    
The Red Bulls remained unbeaten and atop Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings by beating San Jose, ...
Jordan Morris returns for USA-Mexico, Act 2    
Coach Andi Herzog has named a 20-man roster for the U.S. U-23 men's national team's friendly ...
MLS: National Team Watch    
Five of the nine MLS players with U.S. U-20 eligibility who played in Week 7 were ...
Week 7: *Three goals you must watch    
*It was impossible to stop at three. There is no doubt about this week's top goal, ...
Video Pick: A world-class goal from Welshman     
One of the weekend's top glazes was in the Welsh league: A flying volley by Prestatyn's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives