A new gem for the MLS: Marcelo Gallardo’s son would debut for Atlanta United :: Olé USA

06/19/2024 6:53 p.m. Updated on 06/19/2024 7:24 p.m.

In his second game as coach of the Atlanta United, Rob Valentino broke the board and called up two young talents from the club. These are Matt Edwards, a 21-year-old central defender, and Matías Gallardo, a 20-year-old Argentine offensive midfielder. whose father is Marcelo Gallardorenowned former player and coach of River.

The Five Stripes made the short-term agreement official so that the jewelry can accompany the delegation on their journey to Audi Field in Washington and, perhaps, add their first minutes in the American first division.

But what are these short links about? “Under the 2024 MLS roster rules and regulations, a club may sign one player, age 25 or younger, during the league season, from its affiliate (MLS NEXT Pro) up to a maximum of four deals per short term (contracts of up to four days) each. season (maximum of 16 days). An individual player may be included on up to four MLS league season match rosters each season; however, that player cannot appear in more than two games during the MLS league season. An individual player may appear in any number of non-league games during the terms of his four Short-Term Agreements,” the institution reported in an official statement released this Wednesday.

From River to the MLS: the path of Matías Gallardo

Born in Buenos Aires, the son of Muñeco trained at River and has just signed his first short-term agreement with the American team since he joined on July 27, 2023. His numbers at Atlanta United 2 this season? 11 games, nine as a starter and one assist given, in the May 8 duel against Carolina Core FC.

Matías Gallardo was summoned for the duel vs. D.C. United. (@matigalla_)

He joined Atlanta United from River Plate of the Argentine First Division, where he worked his way through the Academy ranks before making his first-team debut as a second-half substitute. in a 4-3 friendly victory against Universidad de Chile, on March 25, 2023,” details the announcement issued by Las Cinco Rayas.

In the run-up to the match against the Black-and-Red, Gallardo was happy for Valentino’s call and wrote a heartfelt message on his personal Instagram account: “Happy for my first call, let’s go for everything“.

Matías Gallardo was summoned for the duel vs. D.C. United. (@matigalla_)

And who is Matt Edwards?

According to the information revealed by the institution, “Edwards signed his fourth and final short-term deal this season since joining Atlanta United 2 on Dec. 22, 2023, following his three seasons at the University of North Carolina. The 21-year-old defender made his Atlanta United debut during the US Open Cup round of 32 match against Charlotte Independence, where he played 64 minutes and recorded an assist in the club’s 3-0 victory.

Matt Edwards was summoned for the duel vs. D.C. United. (@mrmattedwards)Matt Edwards was summoned for the duel vs. D.C. United. (@mrmattedwards)

“He also started Atlanta’s US Open Cup match against Charleston Battery, where he helped keep another clean sheet before the 5 Stripes advanced on penalty kicks. The ATL UTD 2 captain has played in 10 games, nine starts, in the MLS NEXT Pro 2024 campaign, anchoring an Atlanta defense that has kept three clean sheets this season. “Edwards joined the Atlanta United Academy in 2019 at the U-17 level and served as captain of the U-19 team prior to his three-year stint with the Tar Heels,” Atlanta United added.

How was the Atlanta United squad formed for the duel vs. D.C. United?

Goalkeepers (3): Josh Cohen, Brad Guzan, Quentin Westberg

Defenders (9): Luis Abram, Noah Cobb, Matt Edwards^, Stian Gregersen, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Efraín Morales, Caleb Wiley, Derrick Williams

Midfielders (11): Thiago Almada, Nick Firmino, Jay Fortune, Matías Gallardo^, Saba Lobjanidze, Dax McCarty, Edwin Mosquera, Tristan Muyumba, Bartosz Slisz, Adyn Torres, Tyler Wolff

Forwards (4): Luke Brennan, Daniel Ríos*, Xande Silva, Jamal Thiaré

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