Christian Mafla - Atletico Nacional - Copa Sudamericana 2019
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New England Revolution sign defender Christian Mafla from Atletico Nacional

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

The New England Revolution have acquired defender Christian Mafla from Colombian side Atlético Nacional, the club announced Monday. 

Mafla, 27, is a left back who has more than 190 professional appearances in all competitions across stints with Atlético Nacional, Atlético Bucaramanga, Boyacá Chicó, América de Cali, Sud América, and Olimpo. He had been with Nacional since 2017. 

“Christian Mafla is a left-sided defender who offers both experience and skill in his position, making him a very good addition to our backline,” sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said in a club statement. “Christian is a strong one-on-one defender, a talented passer, and is comfortable moving into the attack. We are delighted to welcome him to the Revolution.”

DeJuan Jones and Alex Buttner are the club's two primary options at left back, though Jones originally entered the league as a midfielder. 

The club advanced to the Eastern Conference championship in 2020 before falling to eventual MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew SC. 

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