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Atlanta United loan defender Fernando Meza to Argentina's Defensa y Justicia

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan

Atlanta United have loaned center back Fernando Meza to Defensa y Justicia of the Argentine Primera Division, the club announced Thursday.

Meza is the second outgoing loan from Atlanta’s defense in 2020, with right back Franco Escobar previously joining Argentine Primera Division side Newell’s Old Boys for the 2021 season.

“We appreciate Fernando’s commitment to the club over the last year and wish him well during his loan stint,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a release.

Meza joined Atlanta ahead of the 2020 season as part of a move that saw now-Inter Miami CF center back Leandro Gonzalez Pirez head to Liga MX side Club Tijuana. The 30-year-old Argentine then started 13 games in 2020 as the Five Stripes missed out on the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time.

Before heading to Atlanta, Meza played for clubs including Necaxa (Liga MX), Colo-Colo (Chilean Primera Division) and San Lorenzo (Argentine Primera Division). But now he’s approaching a new challenge – Defensa are scheduled to compete in the 2021 Copa Libertadores – and won’t feature for the foreseeable future under new Five Stripes head coach Gabriel Heinze.

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