Sources: Palmeiras to send Eduard Atuesta back to LAFC on loan

The return of Eduard Atuesta to LAFC on loan from Palmeiras will provide a boost to the MLS side as they prepare for the upcoming season. Atuesta, who previously had a successful stint with LAFC, will bring his experience and talent to the team as they aim to build on their recent success, including winning the MLS Cup in 2022. His return is sure to excite fans and add strength to the midfield, as they look to make another run at the championship in 2024. The addition of Atuesta is just one of the many roster changes LAFC is working on as they gear up for the new season, and fans can expect more exciting announcements in the coming weeks.
Eduard Atuesta, the midfielder from Colombia, is poised to make a return to MLS side LAFC on loan from the Brazilian club Palmeiras, as reported by sources to ESPN on Jan 29, 2024. The news of the loan, including an option to make the deal permanent, was first reported by ESPN Brazil, and an additional source confirmed that the teams are in talks to finalize an agreement.

Despite winning several titles with Palmeiras since his debut in 2022, including two Brazilian Serie A championships, the 26-year-old has faced challenges in securing a starting role and has also been plagued by injury issues. Atuesta has scored two goals and provided two assists in 60 matches with Palmeiras.

Atuesta originally made a name for himself as a key player with LAFC from 2018 to 2021, where he helped secure a Supporters’ Shield trophy (2019), was selected for the MLS’ Best XI (2019), and made an All-Star appearance (2021). In 2022, he made his debut with the senior national team of Colombia.

During a preseason press conference last week, LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington hinted at potential roster changes, stating that “we have some additions that we will be in a position to announce very shortly.”

LAFC, the MLS Cup champions in 2022 and finalists in 2023, is set to commence the 2024 season on Feb. 24 against Seattle Sounders FC. This story includes contributions from ESPN writer Kyle Bonagura.

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