In an effort to shore up the midfield, reports suggest Los Angeles Football Club manager Bob Bradley is looking to South America.
Media reports in Colombia suggest LAFC is looking at defensive midfielder Eduard Atuesta, to bring in on a loan deal from his current club, Independiente Medellin.
Cerca pero no cerrado todavía el negocio entre @LAFC y @DIM_Oficial por Eduard Atuesta. La oferta es por préstamo hasta diciembre de 2018 con opción de compra por un porcentaje del pase pic.twitter.com/CYaglfKYB7— Julián Capera (@JulianCaperaB) February 26, 2018
The 20-year-old has been with DIM for his entire career, appearing in 44 contests including the Copa Sudamericana. In his two recent appearances in the cup competition, he helped lead Independiente to a 2-0 win at home against Santa Cruz, where he picked up an assist. He played in just one of the two legs the team had against Racing Club in the second round — where Independiente lost 6-3 on aggregate.
The report says no deal has been struck as of yet, so no terms of an arrangement are available. If this is a legitimate report, Atuesta would fill a gaping hole for LAFC at midfield. That gap has been exploited in the preseason, including in a 1-0 win at Sacramento Republic FC in the team’s final preseason game on Sunday.
Regardless, it looks likely LAFC will open the season on Sunday at Seattle Sounders without a complete top-off of its roster, leaving the midfield light heading into the first competitive game.
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