Gudino said he knew of Atlanta United because of its games against Club America, Monterrey, Pachuca and its friendly during the preseason at his previous club, Chivas. He said he also had spoken to Ronaldo Cisneros, who is on loan with Atlanta United from Chivas.
Gudino was signed because starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan and backup Dylan Castanheira suffered season-ending Achilles ruptures earlier this season. Bobby Shuttleworth started the next six games after Guzan’s injury, and Rocco Rios Novo has started the past two. The team will play at Toronto on Saturday.
Gudino, who is 6-foot-5, said he thinks he can help the team better defend set pieces. The team has given up nine goals on set pieces across all competitions this season. Pineda said Gudino’s height and Purata’s jumping ability were among the considerations when they were scouted.
“I think we need to take advantage of the qualities of each guy, and we’re going to continue to work on that,” Gudino said. “But, of course, we know that that’s something we can work on, and I’m here to help, however the team needs me.”
Gudino said he is good with the ball at his feet, which Pineda demands from the goalkeepers, because playing out of the back was the preferred style of his previous managers.
Gudino and Purata aren’t eligible to play until after the window opens. The first possible game is July 9 against Austin at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Gudino said he will use the time to learn his teammate’s names, what Pineda wants and just gain a level of comfort in his new country and with his new club. He said he hopes to play well enough to earn a call-up to the Mexican national team.
“Totally for that,” he said. “I just have to work and show it on the field.”
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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