Atlanta United on Thursday saw another member from its 2022 roster depart the team for the upcoming MLS season. As first reported by Cesar Luis Merlo on Jan. 31, the Five Stripes will loan out winger Edwin Mosquera to Argentine club Defensa y Justicia on a 12-month deal.
Edwin Mosquera es nuevo refuerzo de Defensa y Justicia.— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) January 31, 2023
*️⃣Atlanta United lo cede a préstamo por un año y con opción de compa.
*️⃣Su último club fue Independiente de Medellín. #Tratohecho pic.twitter.com/diNx4t0aJh
The report was confirmed via a release by DyJ on Thursday, with Atlanta confirming on its end a few hours later.
Mosquera, 21, joined the club last season and occupied a U22 initiative roster spot. The Colombian attacker has appeared 12 times since his arrival, with all but one of those coming off the bench. He notched two assists during his 302 minutes.
With Mosquera’s departure, the club opens up an international roster slot and potentially a U22 initiative slot, assuming there’s no change in their allotment due to Designated Player rules.
Atlanta brought in winger Derrick Etienne Jr. as a free agent this offseason, moving Mosquere even further down the pecking order. A loan move to get the youngster playing time makes perfect sense.