Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday that the club has released midfielder Alex Martinez and recalled midfielder Mikey Lopez from his loan to OKC Energy FC.
The release of Martinez comes as somewhat of a surprise given the extensive playing time the former Northwestern Trojan had seen so far this summer. Sporting KC drafted Martinez with the No. 57 overall pick (third round) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The rookie midfielder started three regular season matches, made 10 appearances total, and scored his first professional goal in a 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round win over NASL club Minnesota United FC last week.
One possible explanation for the move: Martinez, a Uruguayan native, took up one of Sporting KC’s international roster spots. With the summer transfer window in Europe opening Tuesday, Sporting KC may be poised to make a move for an international player, which they can now do after Martinez's release.
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