CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati announced on Friday the club had acquired Panama U20 international Cristian Martinez on loan from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC. The loan is on a game-by-game basis.
Martinez recorded one assist for Panama U20s at the recent CONCACAF U20 Championship, and has also made two appearances for the full Panama national team. He arrives in Cincinnati with prior USL experience, having made eight appearances for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds last season on loan from Crew SC.
Martinez also made five appearances with Crew SC on loan from Chorillo FC before the club signed the Panamanian midfielder to a permanent deal this past January. He scored once against Philadelphia, scoring against the Union to become the youngest member of Crew SC to score in a regular-season match last year, but has yet to appear in an MLS contest so far this season.