MLS Insider: Tom Bogert

Official: Atlanta United sign forward Ronaldo Cisneros on loan from Chivas


UPDATE (March 21) – Atlanta United have signed forward Ronaldo Cisneros from Liga MX's Chivas Guadalajara on loan through July 7 with an option to extend through the end of the 2022 season, the club announced Monday. They also hold a purchase option.

The 25-year-old will join the Five Stripes and occupy an international roster spot, all pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

“We’re pleased to add Ronaldo and look forward to integrating him into the group,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a release. “While we were already familiar with him, we were able to see him play in person during our preseason trip to Guadalajara. We like his profile, he can play direct and stretch the opposition, and has the versatility to play up top or on the wing as part of a front three.”

ORIGINAL (March 20)Atlanta United are finalizing the signing of Chivas Guadalajara forward Ronaldo Cisneros on loan, sources tell

Cisneros, 25, is a former Mexican youth international, but has played only 20 minutes with Chivas' first team during the 2021-22 season. He has six goals and two assists in his last 19 appearances with their second team (CD Tapatío) in the Mexican second tier.

A natural center forward, Cisneros has also played on the wings. He is a product of Santos Laguna’s youth academy before signing with Chivas in 2018.

The move would give Atlanta head coach Gonzalo Pineda another option in attack. Options behind star forward Josef Martinez include Dom Dwyer and Jackson Conway, while Tyler Wolff, Jake Mulraney and Machop Chol are options on the wings behind Luiz Araujo, Marcelino Moreno and Thiago Almada.

Atlanta have two wins, a draw and a loss in their first four matches of the 2022 MLS season.