Atuesta completes move to Brazilian side Palmeiras
After four years with Los Angeles Football Club the Colombian midfielder has decided to continue his career with the Copa Libertadores champions.
Los Angeles Football Club confirmed on Monday that Eduard Atuesta will not return to the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign as he is set to join Palmeiras. The 24-year-old had been linked to several clubs in Europe since last year, but he will continue his career with the 2021 Copa Libertadores champions in the Brazilian Serie A.
“We are excited for Eduard in the next step of his career,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “Since he arrived in our first season, Eduard has been a leader both on and off the field. His contributions in building LAFC have been immense, and we are grateful for how he has represented the Club. Eduard developed into an MLS All-Star and Best XI player in his time in L.A., and it is gratifying to see him move on to perform for a team that won the 2020 and 2021 Copa Libertadores.”
Atuesta has been vital for LAFC
The Colombian midfielder joined the Major League Soccer side in 2018, during the team's debut season, from Independiente Medellin. Quickly he became an important player and helped the team win the Supporters’ Shield during the record breaking 2019 regular season with the Los Angeles FC.
Atuesta was included in the 2019 Best XI, named in the 2021 MLS All-Star Team and was honored as an MLS 22 Under 22 performer in 2018. The 24-year-old will depart LAFC ranked second in assists (23), third in games played (96), third in games started (84) and third in shots (137).