Atlanta United signs fullback Pedro Amador

Atlanta United defender Caleb Wiley #26 dribbles during the first half of the match against the D.C. United at Audi Field in Washington,  on Wednesday June 19, 2024. (Photo by Mitch Martin/Atlanta United)

Credit: Mitch Martin/Atlanta United

Credit: Mitch Martin/Atlanta United

Atlanta United defender Caleb Wiley #26 dribbles during the first half of the match against the D.C. United at Audi Field in Washington, on Wednesday June 19, 2024. (Photo by Mitch Martin/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United completed the free transfer of Portuguese fullback Pedro Amador on Monday in their first acquisition this summer.

Amador, 25 years old, previously played for Moreirense in Portugal’s first division. He can’t play for Atlanta United until the transfer window opens on July 18. He can train with the team. He is expected to arrive within a week.

“Hopefully something different to the group and comes in and challenges when he is available to play,” Atlanta United interim manager Rob Valentino said. “But you never know until they actually get here. So we’re excited to have another edition, another body on the team.”

Amador fits the profile of players purchased by the club since President Garth Lagerwey took over.

Amador is experienced (114 appearances) and with a relatively low transfer value ($700,000), according to Amador will occupy an International slot.

Amador was thought to be signed to fill-in for Caleb Wiley, should he be selected by the U.S. for the upcoming Olympics. However, Wiley is of interest to Chelsea, so Amador may move into a starting role.

There have been no developments as of Monday morning regarding the completion of the transfer of Thiago Almada, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday was nearing completion.

Bobby Dodd could host again

Should Atlanta United advance out of its group in the Leagues Cup, and should it host a match in the Round of 32, the team announced on Monday that game will be at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Atlanta United’s first two matches in the Leagues Cup are scheduled for July 26 against D.C. United and August 4 against Santos Laguna. Both matches will be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Round of 32 is scheduled to be played Aug. 7-9. There is a Zach Bryan concert scheduled for Aug. 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Hosting will be determined by who Atlanta United could play in the next round. If it’s a LIGA MX team, Atlanta United would likely host. If it’s another MLS team, the host would be determined by last season’s Supporters Shield points.

According to the bracket, Atlanta United could be matched up against Nashville, New England, Cincinnati, NYCFC, Queretaro or Mazatlan. Atlanta United finished behind Cincinnati and New England, and ahead of Nashville and NYCFC in last season’s standings.

Atlanta United played nine matches at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2017 while Mercedes-Benz Stadium was being constructed.

Season-ticket holders were notified of the venue on Monday.

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Atlanta United’s 2024 schedule

Feb. 24 Columbus 1, Atlanta United 0

March 9 Atlanta United 4, New England 1

March 17 Atlanta United 2, Orlando 0

March 23 Toronto 2, Atlanta United 0

March 31 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 0

April 6 Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1

April 14 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2

April 20 Cincinnati 2, Atlanta United 1

April 27 Atlanta United 1, Chicago 1

May 4 Minnesota 2, Atlanta United 1

May 7 Atlanta United 3, Charlotte Independence 0 in U.S. Open Cup

May 11 D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 2

May 15 Cincinnati 1, Atlanta United 0

May 18 Atlanta United 1, Nashville 1

May 21 Atlanta United 0 (5), Charleston 0 (4) in U.S. Open Cup

May 25 LAFC 1, Atlanta United 0

May 29 Atlanta United 3, Miami 1

June 2 Charlotte 3, Atlanta United 2

June 15 Atlanta United 2, Houston 2

June 19 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0

June 22 Atlanta United 1, St. Louis 1

June 29 Atlanta United 2, Toronto 1

July 3 at New England, 7:30 p.m.

July 6 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

July 9 vs. Indy Eleven in U.S. Open Cup

July 13 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 17 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m.

July 20 vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

July 26 vs. D.C. United in Leagues Cup, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 4 vs. Santos Laguna in Leagues Cup, 4 p.m.

Aug. 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Nashville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 vs. Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Orlando, 6 p.m.