Expansion club Atlanta United has announced the signing of Argentine forward Hector "Tito" Villalba. The 21 year old comes to MLS from Argentine club San Lorenzo. Villalba will be a Young Designated Player for Atlanta.
Villalba joined San Lorenzo when he was just 10 years old and worked his way through their youth system. He has made over 100 first team appearances for the club, scoring 16 goals.
“Hector is an exciting player, and one of the top young talents in Argentina,” said Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra. “He is a powerful, pacey attacking player who can play out wide or up top. We really like his competitive and industrious style.”
“We’re thrilled to have Hector’s signature. He has a high fitness capacity and an eye for goal,” said Bocanegra. “We think he will fit in perfectly within our system and within the MLS style of play.”
“We’re very happy to have Hector signed with our club,” said Atlanta United president Darren Eales. “We’ve been monitoring him for a long time and really like his talent and pedigree. He’s a young DP who already has a lot of experience at the top level of the game and has exceptional potential to develop further. Hector is moving into the prime of his career, so it’s exciting for us and for the future of the league that he has chosen to join Atlanta United and play in MLS.”
Villalba adds to an already exciting attacking crops for Atlanta, which will join MLS in 2017. Ghanaian striker Jeffrey Otoo and Trinidadian target man Kenwyne Jones have already signed with the club ahead of their inaugural season.
Villalba will go on loan for the remainder of the year and arrive at Atlanta United in January.