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DC United acquire Chilean winger Martín Rodríguez using earmarked funds

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DC United signed Chilean winger Martín Rodríguez on a permanent transfer using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) from Altay SK in the Super Lig, the top division of Turkish soccer, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). . Following the official opening of Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window on July 7, Rodriguez will be added to the Black-and-Red roster.

“Martin is a dynamic attacking player in the prime of his career that we are excited to add to our roster to bolster our offense,” said Dave Kasper, DC United president of football operations. “We have been following Martín for some time and he has been at the highest level both in the club and in the country. We are getting a proven attacker who has won multiple caps for the Chilean National Team and experience at top clubs in Liga MX. We are excited to add someone with his level of experience and skill, and we believe he will be an impact player for us from the start.”

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The Chilean joins the red and white team after spending last season at Altay SK in Turkey. Rodríguez was signed by Altay SK de Colo Colo, of the Chilean First Division, on July 30, 2021. He debuted with the team against Kayserispor in the Super Lig on August 14, 2021 in a 3-0 victory. . Rodríguez scored his first goal in the following game in a 4–1 win against Alanyaspor on 21 August 2021. During his time with the club, Rodríguez scored three goals and recorded two assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.

Before joining Altay SK, the winger played in Liga MX, the first division of Mexican soccer, with four different clubs. In 2017, Rodríguez was sold to CD Cruz Azul in Colo Colo’s Liga MX, where he scored six goals and recorded four assists in 50 total appearances. During his time with CD Cruz Azul, Rodríguez was loaned out to UNAM Pumas of Liga MX on July 1, 2018, and they signed a permanent transfer a year later on July 1, 2019.

During the winger’s time with Pumas de la UNAM, he had two loan spells with Monarcas Morelia on January 4, 2020 and with Mazatlán FC on July 1, 2020, with both teams competing in Liga MX. Rodríguez had four goals and one assist in 13 total appearances for Monarcas Morelia and six assists in 17 appearances for Mazatlán FC. He returned to UNAM Pumas on December 31, 2020 before being sold back to Colo Colo on July 30, 2021. During his time with UNAM Pumas, Rodríguez had five goals and six assists in 51 appearances.

The 27-year-old began his career in the Huachipato youth academy before being promoted to the first team of the Chilean First Division on January 1, 2011. In 42 games, he scored two goals and recorded seven assists for the club before being signed. . for Colo Colo in 2015. The Chilean scored two goals in his debut at Colo Colo on July 25, 2015, in a 2-1 victory over Unión Española and managed to score eight goals and five assists in all competitions during his time. over there.

Rodríguez has represented Chile where he made his debut with the national team on September 10, 2014, at just 20 years old. He scored his first international goal on June 25, 2017 against Australia in a 1-1 draw at the 2017 Confederations Cup. The winger helped Chile to second place in the tournament after losing to Germany 1-0. in the end. In total, Rodríguez scored one goal and recorded two assists in 12 games for Chile.

Player: Martin Rodriguez

Place of birth: Diego de Almagro, Chile

Transaction: DC United signed Chilean winger Martin Rodriguez on a permanent transfer using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) from Altay SK pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC.

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