Los Angeles Football Club confirmed a recent transfer rumor on Tuesday, announcing the signing of Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta. While the initial rumor claimed Atuesta would be signed on a loan deal, the actual transaction is a transfer using Targeted Allocation Money, or essentially sub-Designated Player money.
The 20-year-old joins LAFC from Colombian side Independiente Medellin, where he had played his entire pro career to date. Making 44 appearances across all competitions, Atuesta has experience in South American regional competition and also captained the Colombian U-20 national team in the 2017 South American Youth Championship. A holding midfielder, Atuesta appears to fill an immediate need for LAFC with the start of the season just days away.
“Eduard is a young midfielder of great versatility and promise who we’re confident will have a bright future with LAFC,” said EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington in a statement. “We’ve monitored him at both the league and international level and we believe he has all the right attributes to have an immediate impact with our group.”
“Eduard has great technical ability and a strong understanding of the game,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. “We’re excited to bring him to Los Angeles.”
LAFC needs to be roster compliant by Thursday, ahead of the season opener on Sunday against the Seattle Sounders. It is unclear if Atuesta will be available for Sunday’s game.
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