With the current transfer window open for most Major League Soccer clubs, it unlocks the opportunity for most organizations to strengthen and add potential improvements, along with letting go of players that were not performing or adding to the team. Let’s take a look at Atlanta United and how their current signings should improve their game.
Erick “El Cubo” Torres
On July 31st, Atlanta United signed Erick Torres to replace their injured star, Josef Martinez. Torres is a 27-year old forward who has been successful in the Mexican leagues. He has also played in the MLS for the Houston Dynamo a while back. Earlier in his career, he was mostly compared to Javier “Chicharrito” Hernandez, one of Mexico’s best soccer players.
The forward is described as being able to move the ball quickly, much like Chicharito. The disappointing performances of forwards Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco, shows that there is still a need for a player to replace the injured Josef Martinez. Hopefully, they have found the player- “El Cubo”. However, Torres had a hard time getting into the groove this season with Club Tijuana, so it will be interesting to see how this club change would pan out for him.
Jonathan Gonzalez (unofficial)
He’s young, he’s high-level, and he’s a terrific playmaker. Jonathan Gonzalez, the Mexican stalwart, has reportedly been on Atlanta’s radar for a while. The transfer move is said to be a loan with an option to buy, valued at around 10 million dollars. If true, Jonathan would bring a lot of natural talent and potential that could be honed and sharpened in the MLS. He is already familiar with the American style of play (ex-USA national team member) and he also won the Mexican equivalent of the Ballon d’Or for the Rookie of the Year title. This young player is special.
In his professional career so far, Gonzalez has been described as a technical midfielder who has an eye to making good deliveries. At Monterrey, he usually plays at a three-man midfield line, which is what Atlanta United also plays. Seeing the way the midfielders played in the MLS is Back tournament, Gonzalez definitely has the ability to improve things. We’re looking forward to seeing his career bloom in the MSL.
Tune in for the next part of our signing analysis.