Real Salt Lake signs forward Juan Manuel Martinez

Juan Manuel Martinez played with Boca Juniors before joining Real Salt Lake.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Real Salt Lake has signed Argentinian forward Juan Manuel Martinez as a designated player.

The team announced the signing Thursday.

The 29-year-old Martinez formerly played for Boca Juniors and Corinthians.

Martinez played for the Argentine national team in 2011-12 and scored one goal in four games. He was named Argentina’s Footballer of the Year in 2010 along with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Martinez scored 10 goals in 19 games with Velez Sarsfield that season.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Martinez played 13 seasons in South American leagues. He also played in the 2012 FIF Club World Cup for Corinthians.