Atlanta United has signed free agent Jacob Peterson, a forward formerly of Sporting KC.
Peterson joins Jeff Larentowicz, a midfielder, as the MLS expansion team’s first two free-agent signings in the recently opened window.
Peterson, 30, has played the past 11 seasons in MLS, starting with Colorado (2006-09), Toronto (2010-11), San Jose (2011) and KC, (2012-16). He has scored 22 goals in 246 appearances. He scored a career-high six goals in 21 appearances for KC during the 2016 regular season, including scoring their goal of the year against Seattle.
“We set clear goals during this offseason to add league experience in key areas,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a statement from the team. “Jacob is another player who’s enjoyed a long and productive career in MLS and we’re pleased that he’s decided to sign with our club.”
Peterson didn’t crack the lineup in KC’s first 11 games before he eventually started 10 consecutive matches, including scoring goals in consecutive games. He didn’t play because of the addition of Brad Davis, combined with a foot injury that prevented him from being at his best in the preseason.
He is the team’s 19th signing and will depth and experience at midfield. His nickname is “The Answer.”
He joins goalkeepers Alex Tambakis and Alec Kann, defenders Michael Parkhurst, Zach Loyd, Mike Ambrose and Mark Bloom, midfielders Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Harrison Heath, Chris McCann, Kevin Kratz, Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron and Larentowicz, and forwards Kenwyne Jones, Jeffrey Otoo, Brandon Vazquez and Romario Williams.
Atlanta United can continue to try to sign free agents. It can also add players during the second stage of the re-entry draft, which will be held Thursday.
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