Report: Rocco Rios Novo set to return to Atlanta United on loan

A familiar face could return to Atlanta United to help fill the void left by Brad Guzan’s long-term injury. According to journalist Juli Micheles of TyC in Argentina, the Five Stripes are close to completing a deal that would bring goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo back to the club on loan for the rest of the season.

Rios Novo spent time with Atlanta in the 2021 season, starting some notable Concacaf Champions League games and performing admirably. He spent the rest of the campaign with ATL UTD 2 where he made 20 appearances.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper is a dual national, born in Los Angeles, California, while also holding Argentine citizenship. He has appeared for La Albiceleste youth teams ranging from U-15 level all the way to U-17 level.

If the move materializes, Rios Novo would likely face Bobby Shuttleworth for the club’s starting job, with Guzan suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last week.

What do you think of this move? Excited by the prospect of Rocco’s return? Ring below.

Dorothy H. Lewis