LAFC used targeted allocation money to acquire the 20-year-old Atuesta, who has played in 44 games for Independiente Medellin since April 2016. He also captained Colombia’s Under-20 team at the South American Championship last year.
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LAFC general manager John Thorrington says he thinks Atuesta can have ”an immediate impact” on the expansion club, which plays its inaugural game Sunday at Seattle.
The club still has a third designated player slot open alongside Mexican forward Carlos Vela and Uruguayan youngster Diego Rossi.