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Atlanta United sells Héctor ‘Tito’ Villalba to Club Libertad

Villalba was Atlanta’s first designated player when he signed in 2016.

Atlanta United forward Hector Villalba drives past Orlando City defender Alex De John Sunday, May 12, 2019. Atlanta United won 1-0. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

One of Atlanta United’s first signings has left the club.

The Five Stripes sold midfielder Hector ‘Tito’ Villalba to Paraguayan side Club Libertad. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to a statement released by the club

“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.”

The 25-year-old Villalba inked a deal with Atlanta in 2016. He participated in 82 regular-season contests over three seasons, made eight postseason appearances and helped the club win MLS Cup in 2018. 

Club Libertad will be the fourth team Villalba represents at the club level. He previously had stints with San Lorenzo in Argentina and a loan spell at Liga MX’s Club Tijuana. 

Villalba is the second key contributor to Atlanta’s early success to be sold this offseason. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was sold to Tijuana and replaced by Fernando Meza. 

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