March 3rd, 2024

CF Montreal boosts offence with addition of 2018 MLS MVP Josef Martinez

By The Canadian Press on February 6, 2024.

Inter Miami forward Josef Martinez, right, passes past Toronto FC midfielder Victor Vazquez during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. CF Montréal's offensive rebuild continues with the addition of Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilfredo Lee

MONTREAL – CF Montréal’s offensive rebuild continues with the addition of Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez.

The Major League Soccer club announced it has signed the prolific goal scorer to a one-year deal, including an option, using targeted allocation money.

The 30-year-old Martinez has 105 career goals, ninth-most in league history, over 161 MLS games with Atlanta United and Inter Miami.

He was MLS’s most valuable player in 2018, when he had 31 goals in 34 regular-season games with Atlanta and scored the winning goal of the MLS Cup.

While he was limited to seven MLS goals last season with Miami, no Montreal player had more than six in all competitions in 2023.

Martinez joins Uruguayan striker Matias Coccaro and Bulgarian-Canadian attacking midfielder Dominic Iankov as off-season additions tasked with injecting life into a Montreal office that stalled last season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 6, 2024.

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