3. Eric Remedi
Atlanta’s newest signing is already impacting the team.
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Eric Remedi is a replacement; he is replacing the injured midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who, in turn, is replacing the team’s former midfield stalwart, Carlos Carmona, and Carmona isn’t coming back since he’s now living and playing in his home country of Chile. Nagbe, meanwhile, is nursing an adductor injury and won’t be back for at least another month. So, for the time being, the defensive midfield is Remedi’s home territory.
Remedi’s stat line doesn’t jump out: he’s logged 132 minutes, a shot, a foul committed, and a yellow card. But it’s his play beyond those stats that speaks to the player he is. Remedi is strong in possession, a sound and solid passer of the ball, and good at drawing fouls in the run of play. He is fitting right into manager Tata Martino’s style of play and positively impacting the team.
Remedi will be a player to watch this weekend as he continues to find his stride and mesh with the rest of the team. Columbus’s midfield is headlined by captain Wil Trapp. Remedi, who will be tasked with helping shut down Trapp and the rest of the Crew’s strong midfield, will have a job on his hands. Thankfully, he seems perfectly capable.