MLS: Tomas Martinez adds to long list of Argentine DPs

No players are prized by MLS clubs more than Argentine playmakers. More Argentines, all midfielders in one form or another, are on Designated Player contracts than any other foreign nationality. The latest signing: Tomas Martinez, 22,  on a Young DP contract via a full transfer from Portugal's Braga.
 
Martinez is the final piece in a re-built Dynamo attack that also features two other DPs, Mexican Erick Torres and Honduran Alberth Elis, plus fellow Catracho Romell Quioto.

What Martinez will add to the Dynamo: “The good thing with Tomas," said Dynamo GM Matt Jordan, who secured the signing, "is that he’s a player that he works both sides of the ball, but he finds space in between the lines. He has the ability to make the final pass. He has great vision, he has great creativity, and he’s coming at a very good age, so we’re pleased to have him.”

MLS's Argentine Designated Players (10):
PLAYER (TEAM, FIRST SEASON)
Federico Higuain
(Columbus Crew, 2012)
Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers, 2013)
Matias Laba (Vancouver Whitecaps, 2014)
Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact, 2014)
Gonzalo Veron (New York Red Bulls, 2015)
*Juan Ramirez (Colorado Rapids, 2015)
Hector Villalba (Atlanta United, 2017)
Sebastian Blanco (Portland Timbers, 2017)
Maximiliano Moralez (New York City FC, 2017)
Tomas Martinez (Houston Dynamo, 2017)
Note: Argentina and USA have most DPs: 10 apiece. No other country has more than two.
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