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Atlanta United Loan Watch: Hector Villalba makes Xolos debut

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Chris McCann - Coventry City - League One

Swindon Town 1, Coventry City 0

McCann served the first match of his three-match suspension due to a red card in the final match last season in Coventry’s 1-0 loss to Swindon Town. A late goal in the 86th minute won it for the home side as McCann’s team gets off to a slow start to the new season. He has two more matches to sit out before getting on the field.

Tito Villalba - Club Tijuana - Liga MX

Cruz Azul 1, Club Tijuana 2

Hector “Tito” Villalba made his Liga MX debut for Xolos in a 2-1 win away from home against Cruz Azul. The victory lifts Tijuana to the top of the Apertura table on goal differential. Tito came on in the 83rd minute for his first minutes since the loan became official.

In his limited minutes, Villalba had a few touches on the ball. His only real chance to impact the match came on a counter-attacking opportunity. He picked up the ball around midfield and led the break the other way. He turned on the jets and blew away from defenders. He fumbled the ball away in the path of a teammate on the right flank. Not the cleanest of attacks, but it got the job done. Not bad for his first appearance in a while.

Kenwyne Jones - Central FC - TT Pro League

Kenwyne’s loan to Central FC still hasn’t been officially announced by Atlanta United. We can only presume they’re still waiting to receive his ITC in order to send it to Trinidad and Tobago. Central FC told us they expect to have him available for the club’s next CCL match next week against Sporting Kansas City.

Junior Burgos - Tampa Bay Rowdies - NASL

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1

Burgos was an unused substitute in the Rowdies victory over the Strikers. That’s been about the norm for the midfielder so far this season. Since Tampa Bay bought Joe Cole earlier this season, Burgos’ role within the team has diminished.

Alex Tambakis, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, & Jeffery Otoo - Charleston Battery - USL

The Battery got some much-needed rest this weekend. They’ll resume USL play on Saturday at home vs. FC Montreal.