Rios Novo came back to Atlanta United because Guzan suffered a season-ending injury to his Achilles tendon.
Rios Novo was on the bench for last week’s loss at Montreal. The team will host Chicago on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Rios Novo said coming back to a club, area, manager and teammates that he knows well after spending most of last year away has made him happy.
“It’s a great group, creative group of players, great group of people, so you know I feel very comfortable being around these guys,” he said.
Manager Gonzalo Pineda last week said he expects Rios Novo to push Shuttleworth and challenge for a starting spot. He said he likes how well Rios Novo can play with the ball at his feet and his presence in goal.
Rios Novo credited his passing with coming up in the Lanus academy, which stresses that its goalkeepers must be able to start possession.
He acknowledges that he isn’t the tallest (5-foot-10) or biggest goalkeeper, but agrees that he has a way of seeming bigger once he is on the field.
“I feel very confident in my abilities and in my qualities,” he said.
Asked if he hoped to play well enough to turn the loan into a permanent transfer, the 19-year-old Rios Novo gave a veteran’s answer.
“I have a contract until the end of the year, and after that we’ll see what happens, but I’m very focused on the present, as I said before, just really happy for the opportunity and trying to do what I can to get better every day,” he said.
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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 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
May 15 vs. New England, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX
May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 19 vs. Miami, 3 p.m., ESPN2
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, 6 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