ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After four games with three starts, the Atlanta United FC management, and veteran Argentine striker Lisandro López have mutually decided to part ways.
On Tuesday, the United through Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra officially ended the contract with López.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce Lisandro’s time at the club has come to an end,” Bocanegra said in a statement posted on the team’s official website.
“Despite our short time together, he quickly proved to be a valuable team-first member of our organization and he will always be welcome back at Atlanta United.
Our thoughts will continue to be with Lisandro and his family,” Bocanegra added.
Although no concrete reason yet why Lopez decided to part ways with United, sources from Argentina revealed that it is due to his looming retirement from professional soccer after 18 years of playing.
A recent report from the Argentine media revealed that Lopez is seriously thinking of retirement due to his father’s death.
Argentine journalist Cesar Luis Merlo said Lopez is deeply saddened by his father’s death that he now wants to walk away from professional soccer for good.
In the young Major League Soccer season, Lopez, 38 played solid for the United before his departure to Argentina.
Lopez is a veteran Argentine professional soccer who was signed by United on January 25, 2021.
Before playing for United, the forward has scored 244 goals in more than 600 professional appearances, including stints with Racing (twice), FC Porto, Lyon, Al-Gharafa SC, and Internacional.
He made seven appearances with the Argentine national team.
Lopez also won five league titles and five cup competitions during an 18-year career in Argentina, Portugal, France, Qatar, and Brazil.
His career totals include 455 first division appearances and 47 in the UEFA Champions League, six in the Europa League, 30 in Copa Libertadores, and six in Copa Sudamericana.
He also spent the last five years playing for Racing Club in the Argentine Superliga, the club where he made his professional debut in 2003.
López led Racing to the 2018-19 league title and was the top scorer in Argentina that season with 17 goals.
He made 134 appearances and scored 48 goals across all competitions from 2016 to 2020.
According to reports, now that Lopez is off the team, United head coach Gabriel Heinze would now rely on Cubo Torres and newly-minted homegrown player Jackson Conway for scoring and defense for the team.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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