Luciano Acosta

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Luciano Acosta
Personal information
Full name Luciano Federico Acosta
Date of birth (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Number 10
Youth career
Club Comunicaciones
2007–2014 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Boca Juniors 25 (2)
2015Estudiantes (loan) 27 (1)
2016D.C. United (loan) 31 (3)
2017–2019 D.C. United 95 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2019

Luciano "Lucho" Acosta (born 31 May 1994), is an Argentine football attacking midfielder. He currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer. He has announced his departure from Washington D.C. and will be leaving at the end of 2019. He has played his last game.

Club career[edit]

Boca Juniors[edit]

Acosta made his professional debut for Boca Juniors on 9 February 2014, when Boca tied against Newell's Old Boys, replacing Juan Manuel Martínez for the 2014 Final.[1] Acosta appeared in the Xeneizes as a starter throughout the 2014 Torneo Final.

D.C. United[edit]

In 2016, Acosta went on a season-long loan to D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Acosta made his competitive debut on in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Queretaro. He scored his first goal for D.C. United in the 86th minute of a league game against the New England Revolution on April 23.

After the 2016 season, D.C. United purchased Acosta outright for a club record fee.[2] He scored his first professional hat-trick on 13 August 2018 when playing for D.C. United against Orlando City and the match ended 3-2 in favor of D.C. United.[3] On 21 October 2018, Acosta provided an assist for Wayne Rooney following an outstanding dribble, and also scored himself in a 3-1 win over New York City FC which secured a play-off spot in the MLS Cup for D.C. United.[4]

Since Wayne Rooney's arrival to D.C. United, Luciano and Wayne developed a good chemistry together in the field and provided goals and assists to each other. Their chemistry made them to be considered to one of the best duos in all of MLS. D.C. United fans nicknamed their duo "Luchoroo".

Before the 2019 season, Acosta was very close to signing for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Sources said the offer to D.C. United was under 10 million and Acosta was scheduled to arrive at Paris for his medical.[5] In the 2019 MLS Season, Acosta's form was declining, and was starting to get pushed out of the first team.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2019[6]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2013–14 Argentine Primera División 16 2 0 0 16 2
2014 9 0 0 0 3 0 12 0
Total 25 2 0 0 3 0 28 2
Estudiantes (LP) (loan) 2015 Argentine Primera División 27 1 4 0 7 1 38 2
D.C. United (loan) 2016 Major League Soccer 32 3 1 0 2 0 35 3
D.C. United 2017 Major League Soccer 31 5 1 0 32 5
2018 34 10 2 1 36 11
2019 3 1 0 0 3 1
Total 68 16 3 1 0 0 71 17
Career totals 152 22 8 1 12 1 172 24

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

Acosta holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boca no pudo quebrar el cero y empató con Newell's en Rosario". la Gaceta. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  2. ^ Carlisle, Jeff. "D.C. United acquire Luciano Acosta in record deal". ESPN. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ November 15, 20166:21PM ESTdcunited.comFollow@ dcunited (2016-11-15). "United finalize transfer for Luciano Acosta with largest transfer fee in club history". D.C. United. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  4. ^ "DC United 3, New York City FC 1 - 2018 MLS Match Recap". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  5. ^ "D.C. United star Luciano Acosta not making move to PSG - sources".
  6. ^ Luciano Acosta at Soccerway
  7. ^ "2018 MLS Best XI". MLS Soccer. 11 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Luciano Acosta obtains permanent residence in US with Green Card". DCUnited.com. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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