Atlanta United signs free agent goalkeeper Clément Diop

Atlanta United signs free agent goalkeeper Clément Diop

ATLANTA – Atlanta United announced today that it has signed free agent goalkeeper Clément Diop to a one-year contract for 2023 with a club option for 2024. Diop began last season with Inter Miami CF before a mid-season trade to New England Revolution.

“Clément brings more MLS experience to our roster and goalkeeping group,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “We feel confident in the group we have brought together with Brad, Quentin and now Clement added to the mix.”

Diop, who was born in Paris, France, began his career with Amiens in France. After playing for Amiens II, Diop joined LA Galaxy II of the USL Championship ahead of the 2015 season. He started 28 games and recorded 10 clean sheets as LA Galaxy II reached the USL Championship Final before falling to Rochester in extra time. Diop signed with LA Galaxy’s first team following the season and made his MLS debut on Aug. 20, 2016 against NYCFC.

He made 15 starts during the 2017 season for LA Galaxy before moving to CF Montreal via the waiver draft ahead of the 2018 campaign. He spent four seasons with Montreal, with 2020 being the season he saw the most playing time. He started 20 matches and made a career-high 73 saves. Ahead of the 2022 season, Diop signed with Inter Miami CF before being traded mid-season to New England.

Diop, who holds a United States Green Card and won’t occupy an international slot, represents Senegal on the international stage. He has made one senior international appearance for Senegal, playing in a friendly vs. Uganda in 2017.

Player Profile

Name: Clément Diop (Clay-mawn Dee-op)
Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-1

Birthdate: October 13, 1993 (29)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: Senegal

Transaction: Atlanta United signs free agent goalkeeper Clement Diop to a one-year contract for 2023 with an option for 2024 on January 11, 2023.

2023 Atlanta United roster (as of Jan. 11, 2023)

Goalkeepers (4): Clément Diop, Justin Garces, Brad Guzan, Quentin Westberg 

Defenders (9): Noah Cobb, Andrew Gutman, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Aiden McFadden, Efrain Morales, Juanjo Purata, Miles Robinson, Caleb Wiley

Midfielders (11): Thiago Almada, Ozzie Alonso, Ezequiel Barco , Derrick Etienne Jr., Ajani Fortune, Franco Ibarra, Marcelino Moreno *, Matheus Rossetto, Amar Sejdić, Santiago Sosa, Tyler Wolff

Forwards (7): Luiz Araújo, Erik Centeno, Machop Chol, Jackson Conway, Erik López, Josef Martínez, Edwin Mosquera

*On loan to River Plate through 2023 season
** On loan to Coritiba FC through 2023 season

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