Atlanta United announced today that Lagos Kunga has signed a Short Term Agreement for the club’s upcoming U.S. Open Cup match against Miami FC. The four-day contract allows MLS clubs to sign players on loan from their USL affiliate for U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, AMWAY Canadian Championship, and exhibition matches.
Kunga, an 18-year old forward from Atlanta, Ga., spent this season with the Atlanta United U-18s and scored 10 goals in 21 appearances. On June 17, Atlanta United announced that Kunga had signed a professional contract and would become a Homegrown player effective Jan. 1, 2018. Most recently, Kunga was called up to play with the United States National Team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made four appearances and scored one goal to help lead the team to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they lost to eventual runners-up Venezuela.
An MLS club may sign a player to a maximum of four short term agreements each season (maximum of 16 days).
Atlanta United plays Miami FC on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will advance to host the quarterfinals against either FC Cincinnati or Chicago Fire. Atlanta United returns to MLS action Saturday against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, July 1. Kickoff from MAPFRE Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The match will be televised on FOX Sports Southeast.