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Atlanta United adds Irish midfielder from Wigan Athletic

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Atlanta United has added Wigan Athletic midfielder Chris McCann ahead of its debut in Major League Soccer next Spring.

McCann, who turns 29 later this month, becomes the fifth player signed to the nascent MLS side, and will go out on loan until United starts camp in January.

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He’s been with the Latics since 2013-14 after spending eight years and making 268 appearances with Burnley.

Here’s technical director Carlos Bocanegra:

“We see Chris coming in to play a midfield role, but having the capacity to play in defense as well,” said Bocanegra. “He has good versatility, technical ability and can contribute with goals and assists from various positions on the field.”

He joins Junior Burgos, Andrew Carlton, Jeffrey Otoo and Alexandros Tabakis on United.

It was previously reported that Atlanta is in pursuit of Mexican stars Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado.

Atlanta United actively pursuing Mexican duo Guardado, Vela

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With Atlanta United FC set to make their MLS debut in 2017, the club is reportedly set to make a major splash with one or possibly two Mexican stars.

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ESPN FC‘s John Sutcliffe reported from the team’s future home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, on Friday, saying that the team is targeting both Andres Guardado and Carlos Vela.

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Guardado, who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven, has long been a staple of the El Tri midfield, making 124 appearances for the Mexican national team.

While Vela wasn’t included in Mexico’s Copa America Centenario roster, the Real Sociedad striker has every bit of talent you’d want from a future Designated Player, which is likely what either Guardado or Vela would be.

Atlanta currently has three players on their roster. Greek goalkeeper Alexandros Tabakis, Junior Burgos and Jeffery Otoo currently round out the squad.

The potential addition(s) of an Andres Guardado or Carlos Vela would prove to be not only big for Atlanta but for MLS as a whole, more so with Vela though. MLS’ growth over recent years has brought young DPs like Sebastian Giovinco and Giovani Dos Santos to Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy, respectively.

Another league addition who is in the prime of their career will only continue to build the league’s reputation, and immediately put Atlanta on the map next season.

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