D.C. United confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Luciano Acosta
on loan from Boca Juniors, using Targeted Allocation Money to complete the transaction. The 5-foot-3 Acosta joins in a long line
of Argentine attacking midfielders who have excelled in MLS.
At D.C. United, he follows in the footsteps of countrymen Christian Gomez
and Marcello Gallardo
2016, nine MLS clubs will employ Argentines in key roles as attacking midfielders, most as playmakers.
In 2015, both MLS Cup finalists started Argentine playmakers: two-time Best XI pick
(Portland) and Federico Higuain
(Columbus). MLS's Argentine attacking midfielders: Columbus:
Federico Higuain (31, 5th MLS season). D.C. United:
Luciano Acosta (21, 1st MLS season). FC Dallas:
Mauro Diaz (24, 4th MLS season). Houston:
Cristian Maidana (29, 3rd MLS season). Montreal: DP-
Ignacio Piatti (31, 3rd MLS season). NY Red Bulls: DP-
Gonzalo Veron (26,
2nd MLS season). Portland: DP-
Diego Valeri (29, 4th MLS season). Real Salt Lake:
Javier Morales (36, 10th MLS
season). San Jose: DP-
Matias Perez Garcia (31, 3rd MLS season).