Could Atlanta be looking south of the border for their first DP? According to ESPN's John Sutcliffe, Atlanta United are actively pursuing not one but two El Tri stars, naming forward Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) and midfielder Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven).
Sutcliffe broke the news while reporting from a media event at the site of Mercedes-Benz Stadium ahead of Saturday's match between Mexico and Paraguay at the Georgia Dome. Sutcliffe, who is widely considered one of the the best sources on Mexican soccer, in his report is translated as saying, "I know from good sources they [Atlanta United] are going after Andres Guardado and also, Carlos Vela. They have an advantage as the new LA team (LAFC) will not start until 2018."
Both players are signed to their respective clubs through the 2017-18 season.
With a large population of Mexican-American soccer fans living in the Atlanta area and through out the Southeast, the addition of a star Mexican player could boost the already growing hype surrounding Atlanta United's inaugural season.
In its most recent trip to Atlanta, Mexico played in front of a sellout crowd for their Gold Cup Match against Panama.