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Official: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez completes transfer to Club Tijuana

Thanks for everything, LGP!

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The LGP era in Atlanta is officially over. Atlanta United announced today that is has agreed to terms with Club Tijuana for the transfer for Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, bringing an end to the defender’s time at the club after three seasons.

Financial terms and what the Five Stripes received in return for the 27-year-old were not disclosed.

“We appreciate what Leandro has contributed to the club over the last three years and we wish him the best of luck in his future,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a press release.

It’s been a memorable three-year stint for LGP in Atlanta. He wow’d spectators upon his arrival with his daring and adventurous play from the back early on. In his second year he played a vital part in the club winning its first major trophy, MLS Cup 2018.

His third and final season was undoubtedly his low point as the transition from Tata Martino to Frank de Boer was difficult on a lot of the squad. Gonzalez Pirez, in particular, struggled to adapt to the new style of play, even going as far as questioning the new manager’s tactics through the media. His individual performances suffered compared to his first two seasons as a result.

No matter how his time in Atlanta ended, he’ll always have a place in the club’s history as a crucial member of that inaugural roster and as someone who helped win three trophies in the first three seasons.

Thanks for everything, Leandro. Good luck in the future.