Moreno was signed from Lanus in Argentina as a Designated Player. He fills the slot opened when Pity Martinez was sold to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia. Moreno played 61 minutes on Saturday. He completed 61.5% of his passes. He didn’t take a shot or create a chance. He made one tackle and was tackled three times.
Moreno won’t train with the team until it begins preparing for Wednesday’s game at Inter Miami. He has trained by himself because he needed to complete 10 days of quarantine to guard against COVID-19. It just so happened that the 10 days ended between Atlanta United’s final training session for that game and the game, which is why he was available for selection.
Moreno has watched the team’s games on TV. Glass said he also was able to show him video of the team’s play.
“Other than that, you just trust that a very good footballer knows how to play," Glass said. "He repaid that belief tonight that we put him in the starting lineup. He showed he’s going to be a fantastic footballer for this club. Putting him in the group today means we will get more from him sooner, rather than wait to put him in the team.”
Captain Jeff Larentowicz described the circumstances for Moreno as incredibly difficult.
“He literally just walked in and it was our first opportunity to really get to talk to him face-to-face, but he was dangerous, he was causing problems," he said. "He took a smack in the face and kept going. I think that it was a good debut.”
Atlanta United coming games
Wednesday at Miami (3-7-2), 8 p.m., FSSE
Oct. 18 at Toronto (6-2-4) in Hartford, Conn., 7:30 p.m., FSSE
Oct. 24 vs. D.C. United (2-5-5), 4 p.m., FSSE
Oct. 28 at Orlando (6-2-4), 7:30 p.m., FS1
Nov. 1 vs. Cincinnati (3-6-3), 7 p.m., FSSE
Nov. 8 at Columbus (8-1-3), 3:30 p.m., FSSE
Southern Fried Soccer Podcasts
Can be found on Apple, iTunes and Spreaker
For more content about Atlanta United
Follow me on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC
On Facebook at Atlanta United News Now
Atlanta United coverage on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Have a question? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org