Ambitious MLS club Atlanta has signed a player from Atalanta and it’s a lot more than a curious coincidence.
On Monday the team announced it has acquired Chilean international midfielder Carlos Carmona, a veteran of nearly a decade of play in Serie A and the last two World Cups. He joins Atlanta after playing 155 Serie A matches for Atalanta and Reggiana, and representing Chile 50 times since his international debut in 2008. Carmona played just two games during the current season for Atalanta, which terminated his contract in late January.
Atlanta United used Targeted Allocation Money to sign Carmona, 29, as a Discovery Player. “Having represented Chile at each of the last two FIFA World Cups, in addition to his extensive experience in Serie A, Carlos brings veteran leadership and a versatile skillset to our club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a team statement. “He fits in naturally with our style of play and also addresses an area of need. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the club.” That need will likely be as a central holding or linking player, as AUFC is well-stocked with attacking and striking talent.
The native of Coquimbo, Chile, started as a pro with his hometown team in 2004 and also played domestically for O’Higgins before heading to Reggiana in 2008 and starting 32 Serie A games in his first season at age 21. He played 70 games for the club in all competitions before leaving for Atalanta in a $2.5 million transfer in 2010 and helped them earn promotion to Serie A in 2011.
Carmona started three matches for Chile in the 2010 World Cup and played four games at the 2011 Copa America. In the 2014 World Cup his lone appearance was as a late sub in Chile’s 2-0 round-of-16 loss to Spain in the Maracana.