Greg Garza.

Atlanta United trying to sign Greg Garza

Atlanta United is reportedly on the verge of adding another defender who has played for the U.S. men’s national team.

According to, Atlanta United is securing a loan move for fullback Greg Garza, who has made nine appearances for the U.S.

Garza is a native of Grapevine, Texas who has been with Tijuana since 2012. He made just two appearances this season because of a concussion and LIGA MX rules that limit the use of foreign-born players.

Columbus reportedly held Garza’s rights, but it was reported that the team had no interest in trying to sign him.

Atlanta United would need to play the Crew $50,000 to acquire the right to negotiate with him.

Garza, 25, expressed an interest last week in playing in MLS. An Atlanta United spokesman declined to comment.

If Atlanta United secures the loan, Garza would join Michael Parkhurst, who has been capped by the U.S. 25 times.

Atlanta United has signed four defenders: Parkhurst, Zach Loyd, Mark Bloom and Mikey Ambrose.

While the team may be adding Garza, it was reported that target Oscar Romero signed a deal with a club in China.

In other Atlanta United news:

The team will open against New York Red Bulls .

The team also signed Jacob Peterson .

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