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Atlanta United signs D Alan Franco as designated player

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed Argentine defender Alan Franco as a designated player. The team announced that Franco signed a five-year contract as part of a transfer from Club Atletico Independiente of the Argentine Primera División. The 24-year-old Franco made the move to Independiente in 2015 and was promoted to the first team two years later. The center back made 121 appearances with Independiente, including 82 in league play. He also played one game with the Argentine national team. Atlanta United opened play in the CONCACAF Champions League this week with a 1-0 victory over  Costa Rican club Alajuelense. 

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