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Report: Rocco Rios Novo close to returning to Atlanta United on loan

Rocco Returneth?

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A familiar face could be returning to Atlanta United to help fill the void left by Brad Guzan’s long-term injury. According to journalist Juli Micheles of TyC in Argentina, the Five Stripes are nearing a deal that would bring goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo back to the club on a loan for the rest of the season.

Rios Novo spent time with Atlanta back in the 2021 season, starting a couple of notable matches in the Concacaf Champions League and performing admirably. He spent the rest of the campaign with ATL UTD 2 where he made 20 appearances.

The 19-year-old keeper is a dual-national, born in Los Angeles, California while also holding Argentinian citizenship. He has appeared for La Albiceleste’s youth teams ranging from the U-15 level all the way up to U-17.

If this move comes to fruition, Rios Novo would likely battle Bobby Shuttleworth for the club’s starting job with Guzan suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last week.

What do you think of this move? Excited about the prospect of Rocco’s return? Sound off below.