ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The entry of Brazilian striker Luiz Araújo (pronounced Ahra-OO-joo) to the official roster of the Atlanta United FC could help in solving the recent losing streak of the team.
United FC officially announced the signing of Araulo, a Designated Player via transfer from Lille OSC on August 5.
Araújo played in 136 matches at Lille over four seasons and helped lead the club to the Ligue 1 title during the 2020-21 season. Araújo will be added to the team and occupy an international roster spot pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
United FC Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra is very excited about what Araulo, 25 can bring to the table especially his winning attitude.
“Luiz is a player with great drive, a winning mentality, and is coming to us from a top club in Europe that just won their league,” Bocanegra said.
“He has experience in big games, as well as UEFA Champions League and Europa League. We’re looking forward to him making an impact with the club,” Bocanegra added.
Araújo, 25, joined Lille in 2017 from São Paulo FC, where he began his career. Born in Taquaritinga, Brazil, Araújo broke through at the 2016 U-20 CONMEBOL Libertadores where he was the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals and helped lead São Paulo to the championship. Over two years, he made 49 career appearances with São Paulo and scored nine goals. He then made the move to France ahead of the 2017-18 season.
For Lille, Araújo made an immediate impact, appearing in 34 of the club’s Ligue 1 matches that season, while scoring five goals and registering two assists as Lille avoided relegation. The following year, Lille jumped to finishing second in the table, as Araújo made 25 appearances and scored three goals. He continued to play a contributing role for the 2019-20 season, making 21 appearances as Lille finished in fourth. He also appeared in all six of Lille’s UEFA Champions League matches. But it was during the 2020-21 season where Araújo made his mark, appearing in 28 games with 17 starts for the French champions. In addition to winning the league – its first league title in 10 years – Lille finished with 83 points, its best-ever finish in the club’s 77-year history. Recently, Araújo started the 2021 Trophée des Champions match against Paris St. Germain on Aug. 1. Lille won the match 1-0 to claim its first-ever trophy in the competition.

By bob

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

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