ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United newly acquired Mexican forward Ronaldo Cisneros scored his first Major League Soccer goal in his team’s 2-1 defeat on the road against the home team Inter Miami CF on Sunday. Cisneros scored the goal in the 13th minute on a corner kick by defender Brooks Lennon as he toed in the rebound to put Atlanta ahead 1-0.
The Mexican football star has mixed feelings about his first MLS goal since the team loses another game on the road.
“Maybe the first half was a bit more even with both teams having some opportunities to score, but in the second half, I think we had the better of the chances,” Cisneros said. “But they were able to score on two plays,” Cisneros added. Overall, United played well despite their loss since they had many chances to score, but they failed to capitalize on it.
“There were moments in the game where I felt that we had the more dominant side,” head coach Gonzalo Pineda said. “We created enough chances, in my opinion. But things like this have happened to us that we just need to be more clinical. And also the goals we are conceding are not up to the standard we want to concede. We just need to do better on both ends,” Pineda added.
Before his first MLS goal, Cisneros played well as a substitute in his team’s loss of 0-1 to the Charlotte FC on April 9.
Cisneros played 25 minutes and showed nice bursts of speed, particularly when attempting to catch up to balls hit over Charlotte’s last line of defenders. United acquired Cisneros from Chivas Guadalajara on loan through July 7 with an option to extend through the end of the 2022 season and a purchase option. Cisneros will occupy an international roster spot pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra are pleased with the signing of Cisneros, and he is hopeful he can help the team on its Major League Soccer campaign this year. “We’re pleased to add Ronaldo and look forward to integrating him into the group,” Bocanegra said.
“While we were already familiar with him, we were able to see him play in person during our preseason trip to Guadalajara. We like his profile, he can play direct and stretch the opposition and has the versatility to play up top or on the wing as part of a front three,” Bocanegra added.
Cisneros has made 121 appearances and recorded 22 goals and seven assists across Liga MX, Copa MX, and Liga de Expansión play. The Torreón, Mexico native, joined the Santos Laguna academy in 2011 and progressed through the youth ranks before making his Liga MX debut on October 24, 2014, against Pumas. He made 16 total appearances, scored four goals with Santos between 2014-and 2017, and won two Liga MX titles (2014-2015, 2017-2018) and a Copa MX title (2014-2015). He scored a hat trick against FC Juarez in Copa MX on September 13, 2017.