One of the many contract questions in the offseason for Los Angeles Football Club is the situation for midfielder Eduard Atuesta. It appears the Colombian will be staying in Los Angeles.
AS reported on Thursday in an interview with Atuesta that LAFC have picked up the purchase option on his loan from Independiente de Medellin, and the player has signed a three-year contract with the MLS outfit.
The 21-year-old made 25 appearances in league play, plus came off the bench in LAFC’s lone playoff game to date, in 2018, scoring a goal and two assists. While LAFC’s midfield doesn’t deploy a traditional defensive midfielder, Atuesta filled that role more than anyone on the roster, although his style was much more of a two-way player overall.
Atuesta, who noted in the AS story that he’s getting the first true time off of his career this offseason, will not necessarily have his starting spot handed to him to kick off the 2019 season. Depending on which players return, with Benny Feilhaber out of contract, Mark-Anthony Kaye should be healthy again for the next season and LAFC will expect Andre Horta to take a starting spot sooner than later in the midfield.
Still, for a team with so many notable names who performed in LAFC’s debut season, Atuesta entered with relatively little hype but likely exceeded the expectations. Will he continue to develop and become a lockdown starter? Time will tell, but it looks like he’s set to stay for the next few years.
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