Atlanta United signs 15-year old Andrew Carleton as their first ever Homegrown Player on Thursday.
Atlanta United, a future MLS team that will join the league next season, has announced the signing of 15-year old Andrew Carleton to their squad as a Homegrown Player Thursday
Morning. He will added to the MLS roster next year after he completes “the necessary Homegrown Player training requirements,” according to the club’s announcement.
Andrew Carleton grew up in Powder Springs, Georgia, just a 45-minute drive away from the city of Atlanta and has played for Georgia United Soccer Alliance, the club that Atlanta United partnered with to start their youth academy. He now plays for the under-17 United States national team and is preparing for qualification to the FIFA U-17 World Cup held next year in India.
“He’s an outstanding young talent with strong ties to Georgia soccer so we’re very proud to name him the first homegrown player in club history,” Carlos Bocanegra, Atlanta United’s technical director said. “Andrew has been a mainstay with the U.S. youth national eams from a young age and we look forward to watching him develop as a professional.”
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With the U15 United States National Team, Carleton score 7 goals in 5 matches in Italy during the 2015 Tournament delle Nazioni. He also scored 2 goals in 4 matches for the U17 United States Nation Team in the Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup. He will look to keep scoring for the U17’s as they start preparing for the U17 FIFA World Cup.
We all know of how highlight reels can make anyone look incredible, but this Andrew Carleton looks pretty darn good. This could be a major pick-up for Atlanta and a big player for the USMNT going forward.