Future Watch: Eduard Atuesta Rookie Soccer Cards, LAFC

Future Watch: Eduard Atuesta Rookie Soccer Cards, LAFC – As the radio voice of MLS side LAFC from day one, I have seen the club put an emphasis on young talented players with an eye for the future but who can also perform today. One such talent is midfielder Eduard Atuesta.

The now 22-year old joined the Black and Gold initially on loan to begin the first ever season for the club in 2018. Atuesta is a defensive midfielder, but to label him as that and not take a deeper look at him to to do his talents a disservice.

He is incredibly smooth in possession and turns with the football as easily as some of the game’s greats.  His vision is second to none and he can hit all the passes. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to put a long ball right on the foot of a teammate or to perfectly hit them in stride.

In his first MLS season in 2018, Atuesta recorded one goal and two assists in 25 appearances. His defensive work was stellar, but it seemed to click for him in Bob Bradley’s system on both ends of the pitch in 2019. This past season, he scored three goals and added 11 assists, helping LAFC to the best regular season point total in league history. Plus, Atuesta’s work up and down the field went a long way to helping Carlos Vela break the league goal scoring record for a single season. In fact, were it not for the amazing campaign of Vela, you could make an argument that Atuesta was the league’s best player.

The young Colombian is settling into his country’s U-23 side and I expect him to get a serious look for the national team as qualifying for World Cup 2022 gets underway in CONMEBOL in 2020.

Collectors looking for Eduard Atuesta’s MLS cards can find them in 2019 Topps MLS.

Future Watch: Eduard Atuesta Rookie Soccer Cards, LAFC – Stats

Standard Stats Table
Playing Time Offense Defense Per 90 Minutes Expected Per 90 Minutes
Season Age Squad Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
2016 18 Independiente co COL 1. Primera Div 3rd 3 1 86 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Matches
2017 19 Independiente co COL 1. Primera Div 4th 24 19 1,736 0 1 0 0 12 1 0.00 0.05 0.05 0.00 0.05 Matches
2018 20 Independiente co COL 1. Primera Div 1st 1 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Matches
2018 20 Los Angeles FC us USA 1. MLS 5th 25 16 1,503 1 2 0 0 5 0 0.06 0.12 0.18 0.06 0.18 0.9 0.9 1.5 0.06 0.10 0.16 0.06 0.16 Matches
2019 21 Los Angeles FC us USA 1. MLS 1st 30 30 2,636 3 8 0 0 8 0 0.10 0.27 0.38 0.10 0.38 2.6 2.6 4.7 0.09 0.16 0.25 0.09 0.25 Matches
4 Seasons 2 Clubs 2 Leagues 83 66 5,975 4 11 0 0 26 1 0.06 0.17 0.23 0.06 0.23 3.5 3.5 6.3 0.08 0.14 0.22 0.08 0.22
Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
Independiente (3 Seasons) 1 League 28 20 1,836 0 1 0 0 13 1 0.00 0.05 0.05 0.00 0.05
Los Angeles FC (2 Seasons) 1 League 55 46 4,139 4 10 0 0 13 0 0.09 0.22 0.30 0.09 0.30 3.5 3.5 6.3 0.08 0.14 0.22 0.08 0.22
Primera Div (3 Seasons) 28 20 1,836 0 1 0 0 13 1 0.00 0.05 0.05 0.00 0.05
MLS (2 Seasons) 55 46 4,139 4 10 0 0 13 0 0.09 0.22 0.30 0.09 0.30 3.5 3.5 6.3 0.08 0.14 0.22 0.08 0.22
Provided by FBref.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2019.

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