FC Cincinnati purchase former DC United star Luciano Acosta from Atlas

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

FC Cincinnati have acquired midfielder Luciano Acosta from Liga MX side Atlas, the membership introduced Wednesday. Cincy acquired his MLS rights from D.C. United for 250,000 in Normal Allocation Cash plus the potential for future GAM based mostly on agreed-upon incentives

Acosta will probably be a Designated Player on Cincy’s roster. 

“Lucho is a confirmed attacking midfielder in Major League Soccer and is a welcome addition to our team,” FC Cincinnati common manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a team launch. “He was a significant player for D.C. United in his 4 seasons within the league and we’re assured a player of his talent profile is a robust complement to our present roster. We glance forward to welcoming Lucho to Cincinnati as we continue constructing for the upcoming season and past.”

Acosta, 26, starred for D.C. United for 4 seasons earlier than heading to Atlas upon the expiration of his contract after the 2019 season. The diminutive attacking midfielder had 24 goals and 35 assists in 126 MLS appearances, together with a magical 2018 season during which he had 10 goals and 17 assists, as he and Wayne Rooney made United one of many league’s most enjoyable teams. His kind practically landed him with PSG, although a switch fell by means of on the final stages. 

The midfielder had three goals and two assists over 34 appearances (27 begins) throughout his time with Atlas.

Cincinnati had been public of their need to sign a difference-making attacking midfielder, because the membership scored the fewest goals in MLS in 2020. Acosta is the newest key addition, following Brazi youth international forward Brenner and Costa Rican international left back Ronald Matarrita. Acosta will probably be tasked with the principle chance creation for Brenner as well as last season’s big attacking import, Jurgen Locadia, who struggled for kind in 2020. 

Acosta initially joined D.C. from Argentine giants Boca Juniors, making 26 appearances on the membership. Acosta additionally spent time on loan in Argentina at Estudiantes. 

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