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Atlanta United sells Tito Villalba

Tito Villalba has been sold to Club Libertad in Paraguay. Villalba played three years for the Five Stripes. Photo by Atlanta United FC

Atlanta United announced Friday afternoon the sale of Tito Villalba has been completed to Club Libertad in Paraguay.

The fee of the transfer has not been announced.

Villalba was the club’s first Designated Player in its history, he was signed July 22, 2016. During his three years with the club, he appeared in 96 matches and started in 67 of them. 

He finished with 21 goals and 24 assists.

Before coming to Atlanta, Villalba had only played for one club, San Lorenzo from Argentina, a club where he won the Copa Libertadores in 2014. 

“We want to thank Tito for his contribution and service to the club over the last three years,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “He did a lot for our club as our first Designated Player and we wish him nothing but the best of luck in his future.”

In 2017, Villalba started in all 34 matches and scored 13 goals and had 11 assists. The year after, he started in 21 matches out of 28 and helped the team win MLS Cup. During his first season in MLS, he also won the Goal of the Year award for his score against Orlando City.

Villalba scored the third goal of the match against the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Final.

Last season, only played in 20 matches and started in 10 of them. His playing time was diminished due to an injury that saw him miss playing time. 

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