Major League Soccer

Atlanta United signs Argentine striker Lisandro López

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta United signed Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez, hoping he can provide depth on its front line.

United said Monday the 37-year-old Lopez was acquired in a free transfer from Racing Club in Argentina's Superliga.

Lopez has scored 244 goals in 603 professional appearances encompassing an 18-year career in Argentina, Portugal, France, Qatar and Brazil. He also appeared seven times for his national team.

"Lisandro is a veteran goal scorer who will strengthen our attack," Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said. "We feel that he will have a positive influence on our younger roster."

United is coming off a dismal season in which it failed to make the MLS playoffs for the first time in its four-year history. The team is looking to bounce back behind the expected return of star striker Josef Martinez, a former league MVP who missed nearly all of the 2020 campaign because of a knee injury.

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Updated January 25, 2021

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