Atlanta United Pursuing Mexican International Guardado

PSV midfielder and Mexican star Andrés Guardado is linked to a move to 2017 expansion team Atlanta United.

Andés Guardado has made 127 appearances for the Mexican National Team since his debut in 2005 at the age of 18. In those 127 appearances, Guardado has scored 24 goals for El Tri and won the 2011 and 2015 Gold Cup with Mexico. He currently plays for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

May 28, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado (18) celebrates his goal against Paraguay during the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The report that Guardado was being pursued by Atlanta United first came out in May when the Mexican National team was training in Atlanta for the Copa America. In this report, John Surcliffe reported that the future expansion team was pursuing Guardado as well as Carlos Vela, another Mexican International who currently plays for Real Sociedad. Last Tuesday, though, SI reporter Grant Wahl confirmed Atlanta’s interest in Guardado.

Guardado didn’t help quiet these reports and rumors of him playing in the MLS, specifically with Atlanta United, by telling reporters that he would be interested in playing in the MLS.

They are hiring more and more younger players of higher quality and that enhances the quality of the league….We will just wait and see what happens. I didn’t know about the interest, but it’s always an honor to be considered.
Guardado would be Atlanta United’s first Designated Player, demanding a salary somewhere between $3.5-4 million dollars and since he is still contracted with PSV until the end of the 2017-2018 season, Guardaro’s signing would include a transfer fee as well.

Some people are skeptical on whether or not Guardado actually wants to play in the MLS. With winning the Dutch title with PSV Eindhoven, Guardado has qualified for the Champions League and will play in it next year, every soccer player’s dream. We have also heard of players who use the MLS to get a nice pay raise from their current clubs. Only time will tell how serious this transfer rumor is.