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 26)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlas
Number 10
Youth career
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)
2020– Atlas 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 January 2021

Luciano "Lucho" Acosta (born 31 May 1994), is an Argentine football attacking midfielder who currently plays for Liga MX club Atlas.

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 sign for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Sources said the offer to D.C. United was under US$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. After the 2019 season, Acosta's contract with D.C. United ended. He played his last game for D.C. on October 19, 2019, in a MLS playoff game against Toronto FC. On November 12, 2019, Acosta told an Argentine radio channel, 'La Mano de Dios', that former D.C. teammate Wayne Rooney told him he wanted to bring him to Derby County, where Rooney was going to become player-coach in 2020.[6]

Acosta left D.C. United at the end of the 2019 season when his contract expired.[7][8]

Atlas F.C.[edit]

On December 19, 2019, it was announced that Acosta would join Liga MX side Atlas on 1 January 2020.[9][10][11] Acosta scored his first goal for Atlas against Tijuana on January 31, 2020.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 August 2020[13]
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 31 3 1 0 2 0 34 3
D.C. United 2017 Major League Soccer 31 5 1 0 32 5
2018 34 10 2 1 36 11
2019 32 6 2 0 34 6
Total 128 24 6 1 2 0 136 25
Career totals 180 27 10 1 12 1 202 29

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

Acosta holds a U.S. green card, which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[15]

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. ^ "United finalize transfer for Luciano Acosta with largest transfer fee in club history". D.C. United. 2016-11-15. 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". ESPN.
  6. ^ Thorogood, Tom (November 12, 2019). "DC United's Luciano Acosta says Wayne Rooney has told him to sign for Derby County". Derby County News. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "D.C. United have announced that 16 players are under contract for the 2020 MLS season". D.C. United.
  8. ^ "Thank You Luciano Acosta". D.C. United.
  9. ^ http://www.atlasfc.com.mx/news/5028
  10. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/12/19/reports-ex-dc-united-man-luciano-acosta-set-sign-atlas-liga-mx
  11. ^ https://football-news24.com/transfers/luciano-acosta-dc-united-signs-for-atlas-fc/
  12. ^ Quillen, Ian (February 1, 2020). "Wayne Rooney, Luciano Acosta each hit Friday night belters for their new clubs". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  13. ^ Luciano Acosta at Soccerway
  14. ^ "2018 MLS Best XI". MLS Soccer. 11 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Luciano Acosta obtains permanent residence in US with Green Card". DCUnited.com. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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