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Martino, Barco dish on Atlanta United’s newest signing

Eric Remedi, Atlanta United’s newest signing, seems like a cross between former player Carlos Carmona and current, but injured, player Darlington Nagbe.

The team announced the acquisition of the Argentinian midfielder  earlier this week.

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he has known Remedi from his time managing and living in Argentina. 

The team has been trying to sign a defensive midfielder since it chose to sell Carmona to Colo-Colo in Chile in January. Nagbe, more of an attacking or wide midfielder throughout his career before he was traded from Portland in December, became more of a two-way midfielder for the Five Stripes this season.

Remedi may be more of a natural fit as a second holding midfielder before Nagbe returns. He is expected to miss 2-3 months.

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Remedi is expected to start training with Atlanta United after his visa is processed. He can’t play in a game until the transfer window opens July 10. 

Martino said Remedi is tireless in the midfield. Remedi, 23, made 68 appearances across all competitions with Banfield. The team allowed just 24 goals in 27 games during the 2017-18 season. 

“He will help us in an area of the field where we had the unexpected loss of Carmona,” Martino said. “He can be a reinforcement. With news about Nagbe, it’s an area where we need even more protection now.”

Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco played against Remedi in Argentina’s first division when he was at Independiente and Remedi at Banfield.

“He’s really good at recovering the ball in midfield,” Barco said. “He’s a physical presence in midfield. He’s also a good passer. He will support our team a lot.”

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