It’s been an extended and tiresome season filled with negativity and pessimism. So, it’s actually great so as to write about one thing amusing and certain. A brand new Atlanta United legend was once born on September 10, 2022. Thy title is Juan Jose Sanchez Purata.
Higher referred to as Juanjo, the little-talked about mortgage signing was once introduced in as emergency duvet because of a rash of accidents. No person anticipated the defender to supply a lot rather then an wanted frame to devour up mins. A few months later and the Mexican has received himself a place within the hearts of the Atlanta United devoted for the remainder of time. Sure, as hyperbolic as it will sound, it doesn’t matter what the longer term holds for Purata at this membership, you’ll be able to’t fake that we received’t have in mind his exploits many, a few years from now. That’s the very definition of a legend.
Shoutout to @MLS_PR for serving to with analysis at the following historic stat:
Juanjo Purata is assumed to be most effective the 2ND FULL-TIME DEFENDER ever to attain a hat trick in #MLS. The one different time got here on 9/21/97(!) through LA Galaxy’s Jose Vasquez. #ATLUTD #UniteAndConquer
— Johannes Schneider (@jocoolwu) September 11, 2022
Brushing aside the historical hat trick scored within the win over Toronto, Purata’s affect at the staff since arrival has been simple. Whilst no longer essentially the most proficient defensive participant to ever grace the game, what he lacks in ability he makes up for with paintings charge, spirit, and management. He has helped stabilize a backline that was once utterly and totally misplaced at midseason. He’s been injected into the facet and hasn’t left since incomes his spot. Nevertheless it’s within the attacking field the place he has utterly taken the fan base through typhoon. In simply 12 general begins, he’s controlled six aerial objectives to catapult himself a number of the staff’s main scorers for the season. As miserable as that can be for the tale of the staff’s attacking prowess, for him for my part it’s an astonishing feat.
There’s a announcing in football “don’t fall in love with mortgage avid gamers”. There’s actually no telling how lengthy Purata’s keep on the membership will probably be however you’ll be able to guess maximum Atlanta lovers will probably be begging for the brass to give you the chance to carry him again. Whilst it’s vital to position Purata’s ceiling into context as a perimeter starter and staff chief form of participant, it’s a very powerful for each and every roster to have all these avid gamers. So whilst it will appear a little bit reactionary to label the defender as a very important addition to the staff since within the grand scheme of the season he’s modified little or no, he’s confirmed he has the intangibles to be an asset will have to he be for an extended time period.
It doesn’t matter what the longer term holds we’ll all the time have this fantastic stretch of attacking manufacturing from the unlikeliest of assets and extra importantly this mythical night time through which Juanjo Purata notched a hat trick as a middle again. Thanks, Juanjo, for offering us with a super reminiscence in what has been an overly making an attempt season.