Atlanta United loans Edwin Mosquera to Argentinian club

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Atlanta United’s roster reshape continued with the loan of winger Edwin Mosquera to a club in Argentina.

The 21-year-old Mosquera was sent to Defensa y Justicia on a one-year loan with an option to buy. Atlanta United, which acquired Mosquera last season as an Under-22 player, had four U-22 players – Santiago Sosa, Franco Ibarra, Erik Lopez and Mosquera – and it is allowed three.

Cesar Luis Merlo of TyC Sports in Argentina first reported the news of Atlanta United’s loan of Mosquera.

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The team has been trying to loan Lopez for a second consecutive season but has been unsuccessful. Atlanta United has yet to comment. Mosquera had a reported salary of $337,000.

Mosquera didn’t play in Saturday’s friendly against host Chattanooga. He was held out for precautionary reasons. That was the same reason given for why Thiago Almada didn’t play, too.

Mosquera was a curious signing to a four-year contract last summer. Mosquera is blessed with speed, but that skill hadn’t resulted in many goals or assists (4) at his previous club, Medellin, in his native Colombia. He had two assists in 12 appearances for Atlanta United.

The team has a glut of players at left wing, Mosquera’s preferred position. The team acquired Derrick Etienne as a free agent, and it already had Homegrown signees Caleb Wiley and Machop Chol.

Mosquera joins Marcelino Moreno as players loaned by the club this offseason. Players sold include Alan Franco and George Campbell. Emerson Hyndman’s contract was terminated.

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Atlanta United’s 2023 MLS schedule

Feb. 25 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m.

March 4 vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

March 11 at Charlotte FC, noon, Fox

March 18 vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.

March 25 at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

April 1 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

April 8 at New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.

April 15 at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

April 23 vs. Chicago Fire FC, 4:30 p.m., FS1

April 29 at Nashville SC, 1:30 p.m., Fox

May 6 at Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.

May 13 vs. Charlotte FC, 7:30 p.m.

May 17 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

May 20 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.

May 27 at Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m.

May 31 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m., FS1

June 3 at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

June 10 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

June 21 vs. New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.

June 24 at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

July 2 vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m., Fox

July 8 at CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 12 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

July 15 vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Aug. 20 at Seattle Sounders, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 26 vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 vs. FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 at FC Cincinnati, TBA