Atlanta United signs centerback Juan Jose Purata

Atlanta United continued to strengthen a roster beset by injury with the signing of loanee centerback Juan Jose Purata from Tigres in LIGA MX on Tuesday. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

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Atlanta United continued to strengthen a roster beset by injury with the signing of loanee centerback Juan Jose Purata from Tigres in LIGA MX on Tuesday. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@

Atlanta United continued to strengthen a roster beset by injury with the signing of loanee centerback Juan Jose Purata from Tigres in LIGA MX on Tuesday. He will be available when the secondary transfer window opens July 7.

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Purata, 24, has made 34 appearances across all comps for Tigres since 2017. Purata is almost 6-foot-2. His height could help the club improve its defense against set pieces. It has given up eight goals from set pieces this season.

“Juan is a talented center back with an extremely high ceiling,” Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement from the team. “Given our current situation, we felt the need to bring in another central defender. An opportunity arose to acquire him on loan, and we’re pleased to be able to bring him into the group. Once integrated and registered, we’re looking forward to having him compete immediately.”

Purata is joining on a six-month loan, with an option for another 12-month loan, followed by an option to purchase.

Purata joins a day after the club signed goalkeeper Raul Gudino, formerly of Chivas. Gudino also will be available when the transfer window opens July 7.

Atlanta United has three healthy centerbacks: Alan Franco, George Campbell and Alex de John. Miles Robinson suffered a season-ending Achilles rupture earlier this season. The team will play at Toronto on Saturday.

The team has had some success with loanees. Ronaldo Cisneros, on loan from Chivas, leads the team with four goals.

Purata is the fourth player from Mexico to join the club in its history. The first was Jurgen Damm, who no longer is with the club, followed by Cisneros and Gudino.

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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule

Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1

March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0

March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1

March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3

April 2 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0

April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0

April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0

April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1

April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1

May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1

May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2

May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1

June 19 Atlanta United 2, Miami 0

June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC

July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1

July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC

Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1

Aug. 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV

Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1

Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE