Atlanta United Strikes Deal with Skilled Player Without Spending a Penny

Pedro Amador, the young full-back, joins to bolster the defense
CF Estrela da Amadora v Moreirense FC - Liga Portugal Betclic
CF Estrela da Amadora v Moreirense FC - Liga Portugal Betclic / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages

Atlanta United has treated us to yet another one of those deals that make us stop and think: "How did this happen?" And most surprisingly of all? Atlanta United secured this gem in a free transfer. That's right, folks, zero cost, zero debts to acquire Pedro Amador. A true find!

Pedro Amador, a 24-year-old youngster, is another gem from Portuguese football. With solid stints at clubs in his homeland, the left-back made 79 appearances for Moreirense. Not everyone reaches such a high number of games in a competitive league like the Portuguese, and that speaks volumes about Pedro's quality and consistency.

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In a scenario where clubs spend millions on transfers, Atlanta United cleverly managed to secure a good reinforcement without shelling out a fortune.

But what can we expect from Pedro Amador on the field? Looking at his track record, we see a committed, disciplined player with a natural ability to adapt to different styles of play. His performance at Moreirense, where he was a defensive pillar, proves he is more than ready to face the challenges of MLS. Moreover, at just 24 years old, Amador is at the peak of his physical form, ready to run for 90 minutes and then some, if needed.

Amador's signing by Atlanta United is also a clear message to their rivals: the club is investing and planning for the future. In a championship where every detail can make a difference, having a young yet experienced player is a trump card that few can boast of.

Adapting to a new league, a new country, and a new culture is no easy task, but it is in these moments that we see what a player is truly made of. And from all indications, Pedro Amador has all the ingredients to become a success.