With the MLS transfer window opening yesterday, many rumors have already begun to take shape. According to fichajes.net Atlanta United FC are attempting to add Bruno Soriano (known as Bruno) to their roster from the Spanish club Villarreal. It is unlikely Villarreal will easily depart with their star midfielder, although Atlanta may have a significant offer in the works. The report indicates they are willing to offer 16 million euros for the transfer.
Bruno has spent his entire career at Villarreal and has also made 10 appearances for the Spanish National Team. His experience playing in the defensive midfield can be vital for Atlanta’s success. He can sit back and play the distributor role, as well as defend both on and off the ball and could be an important piece of Atlanta’s future. At 32 years old, he could still play at a high level in MLS ideally for 3-4 more years.
Andres Guardado has also been linked in the past to an Atlanta move, and recent reports indicate he could consider a move to MLS. According to mediotiempo.com there is an offer of $3 million per year to join the league in 2017. The midfielder currently plays for PSV Eindhoven and the Mexican National Team. Guardado would likely play higher up the field than Bruno, as he offers more offensive creativity either as an attacking midfielder or winger.
Atlanta United currently has four players on the roster: goalkeeper Alexandros Tabakis, midfielder Junior Burgos, midfielder Jeffrey Otoo, and midfielder (and also the team’s first Homegrown Player) Andrew Carleton. While nothing is certain yet, Bruno and Guardado could both offer experience and guidance to the young players, and also be a stable force in the midfield for years to come.
Obviously neither of these transfers is set in stone, but it is always fun to speculate. In the meantime here is Bruno’s passing compilation from this past season.