Eduard Atuesta

Eduard Andrés Atuesta Velasco (born 18 June 1997) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC.

Eduard Atuesta
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Personal information
Full name Eduard Andrés Atuesta Velasco
Date of birth (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Vélez, Colombia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 20
Youth career
Independiente Medellín
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Independiente Medellín 29 (0)
2018Los Angeles FC (loan) 25 (1)
2019– Los Angeles FC 68 (6)
National team
2017 Colombia U20 7 (0)
2020 Colombia U23 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Independiente MedellínEdit

Atuesta began his career at Independiente Medellín, playing 44 matches with the Colombian side between 2016 and 2018 and winning the 2016 Categoría Primera A title.[1]

Los Angeles FCEdit

He signed with Los Angeles FC on a season-long loan deal just weeks before their debut 2018 season.

Atuesta made his first appearance with LAFC in the inaugural El Tráfico derby on March 31, 2018, when he was subbed in during a 4–3 away loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.[2] He made his way into the starting XI for the first time on May 5 against FC Dallas, and scored his first MLS goal the following week in the 31st minute against Minnesota United on May 9, 2018.[3] He was named Man of the Match by the LAFC supporters group, The 3252[citation needed]. Once in the starting lineup, Atuesta solidified his spot, starting all but one league match before spraining his ankle against Philadelphia Union on June 30.[4]

On December 13, 2018, the club announced that they had signed Atuesta permanently on a three-year deal.[5]

International careerEdit

Atuesta played for the Colombia under-20 national team at the 2017 South American U-20 Championship. In August 2019, he was called into the Colombia under-23 national team for friendlies against Brazil and Argentina.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Atuesta earned his U.S. green card in February 2019.[7] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 25 November 2020[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Independiente Medellín 2016 Categoría Primera A 4 0 6 0 1[a] 0 11 0
2017 24 0 7 0 1[a] 0 32 0
2018 1 0 1 0
Total 29 0 13 0 2 0 0 0 44 0
Los Angeles FC (loan) 2018 MLS 25 1 3 0 28 1
Los Angeles FC 2019 30 3 3 0 2[b] 1 35 4
2020 17 1 3[c] 0 1[b] 1 21 2
Total 72 5 6 0 3 0 3 2 84 6
Career total 101 5 19 0 5 0 3 2 128 7
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in MLS Cup Playoffs
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League

HonoursEdit

Los Angeles FC

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LAFC acquire Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta ahead of inaugural season". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. February 27, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Eduard Atuesta". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Atuesta, Kaye each score 1st MLS goal, LAFC tops Minnesota". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Injury Report: LAFC At Houston Dynamo". lafc.com. Los Angeles FC. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "LAFC Signs Eduard Atuesta To Three-Year Deal". lafc.com. Los Angeles FC. December 13, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "CONVOCATORIA SELECCIÓN COLOMBIA MASCULINA SUB-23, PARA AMISTOSOS DE SEPTIEMBRE". fcf.com.co. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ "LAFC Midfielder Eduard Atuesta And Forward Diego Rossi Obtain Green Cards". LAFC.com. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Eduard Atuesta at Soccerway. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  9. ^ "MLS Fact and Record Book". Major League Soccer. p. 163. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  10. ^ "2021 MLS All-Star Team Roster". MLSsoccer.

External linksEdit