Rapids acquire forward Martins, two draft picks from Red Bulls

DENVER - The Colorado Rapids announced today the acquisition of Brazilian striker Thiago Martins from Red Bull New York in exchange for forward Jean Philippe Peguero. The trade also sends the Red Bulls' First and Third Round Natural draft picks in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft to Colorado.

Martins, who joined Major League Soccer in 2003, played two seasons with DC United before being acquired by Chivas USA in the 2005 MLS Expansion Draft.

The Sao Paolo, Brazil native played a total of 22 games for the Los Angeles based club, netting three goals and one assist with Chivas USA in 2005.

Peguero, who was discovered by Fernando Clavijo and recommended to the Rapids coaching staff in 2004, played a total of 26 games for Colorado last season, scoring seven goals and recording six assists.

Thiago Martins - Forward
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT:185
BIRTHDATE: September 04, 1976
HOMETOWN: Sao Paulo, Brazil
CITIZENSHIP: U.S. and Brazilian
LAST CLUB: New York Red Bulls (MLS)

TRANSACTION
Colorado Rapids- Acquire forward Thiago Martins as well as the First and Third Round natural draft picks in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft from Red Bull New York in exchange for forward Jean Philippe Peguero.