The Philadelphia Union signed Saprissa striker Josue Martinez

Union sign Costa Rican int'l striker Josue Martinez

The stable of young attacking talent at the Philadelphia Union just added another stud.

The club on Wednesday announced the signing of one of the young, rising stars in Costa Rican soccer as 21-year-old forward Josué Martínez was acquired from Deportivo Saprissa on a transfer.

Martínez joins a forward corps that features 20-year-old Danny Mwanga, 19-year-old Jack McInerney with 27-year-old Sébastien Le Toux proving the elder statesman.

A product of the Saprissa youth system, Martínez has already collected 11 caps with the Costa Rican national team and scored two goals.  

One of those tallies came against Bolivia in the 2011 Copa América, where he started two of his country’s three group matches and came off the bench for the other. He also made one appearance at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup earlier that same summer.

Martínez got on the map with two tallies in Costa Rica’s magical run to fourth place in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Shortly after that tournament, he scored on his professional debut for Saprissa and has become a fixture for his club, contributing key goals in domestic and international competitions.

Martínez has faced MLS opposition on multiple occasions in the CONCACAF Champions League, most recently falling to Real Salt Lake in the 2010-11 semifinals in April.

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