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LAFC trade for defender Franco Escobar from Atlanta United



LAFC strengthened their defense Sunday, acquiring right back Franco Escobar from Atlanta United for up to $600,000 in General Allocation Money, as announced in the MLS half-day trade window.

Atlanta will receive $250,000 in GAM in 2022, up to $350,000 in GAM in 2023 if certain performance metrics are met, as well as a percentage of a future transfer if Escobar is moved outside of MLS.

“Franco is a talented, proven MLS player who has made an impact in our league,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “His ability to play multiple positions and his international experience will make him a great fit in LA.”

Escobar, who has also featured at center back, joined Atlanta United in 2018 from Newell’s Old Boys of the Argentinian Primera Division. He was a mainstay of the Five Stripes defense during his first two seasons, recording 58 starts in 63 regular-season appearances and scoring in MLS Cup 2018 to help Atlanta United capture the title.

“Franco was a true competitor during his time here and we’d like to thank him for his contributions to the club,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “We wish him well at LAFC and in his future.”

Escobar made 81 appearances for Atlanta across all competitions before re-joining Newell’s on loan for the 2021 season, where he was limited to six matches after suffering a foot injury in February.

Escobar’s versatility along the backline should help an LAFC defense that struggled in 2021, allowing 1.5 goals per game.