Another day, another signing. Atlanta United have acquired Yamil Asad on loan from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield, with an option to buy after the season.
Asad, 22, played with the Argentine club for three and a half seasons and made 55 appearances. However, he struggled for playing time in the latter half of 2016 and was only capped twice in fourteen Primera Division matches.
“We’re thrilled to add another exciting young player to our club,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said. “He’s an attack-minded player with a very high ceiling, and we’re confident in his ability to showcase his quality in MLS.”
Asad showed flashes of his potential at Velez, but consistency was his biggest issue. Hopefully Tata Martino can change that.
“I’ve always thought highly of Yamil’s ability and am very happy he’s joined our club,” Martino said. “He gives us more quality in our attack and I’m very confident he can make a smooth transition to MLS.”
Martino has shown through the signings of Villalba, Almiron and Asad that he is looking for versatile midfielders who can play multiple positions. Asad certainly opens up a lot of options as far as lineup selections go. He can play as an attacking midfielder, on the right, and he even occasionally played as a holding midfielder during his time at Velez. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Asad can make in the inaugural season.
Expect a flurry of signings within the next two weeks before the start of training camp.
Welcome to Atlanta, Yamil.