ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United is very determined to keep the goal keeper position very competitive despite the recent injury of veteran goalie Brad Guzan. Guzan suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Atlanta United’s scoreless draw vs. FC Cincinnati last April 16.
According to reports, United is set to bring back goal keeper Rocco Rios Novo back to the club on loan for the rest of the season.
Rios Novo spent time with Atlanta back in the 2021 season, starting a couple of notable matches in the Concacaf Champions League and performing admirably. He spent the rest of the campaign with ATL UTD 2, where he made 20 appearances.
The 19-year-old keeper is a dual-national, born in Los Angeles, California, while also holding Argentinian citizenship. He has appeared for La Albiceleste’s youth teams ranging from the U-15 level to U-17. Earlier, United on its website said Guzan will have surgery at a date still to be determined this week. The team returns to MLS play Sunday, April 24, when it travels to face Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium (1:00 p.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game, La Mejor).
In the April 16 game, after weeks of waiting, Atlanta United’s star winger Luiz Araujo finally returned to action. In the 74th-minute of the match, Araujo returned and replaced the surprising starter, Caleb Wiley. Araujo, who returned after suffering from a hamstring injury, showed glimpses of his old self in 20 minutes of action. Despite the return of Araujo and the numerous scoring opportunities, the home team failed to score a goal resulting in the draw.