U.S. U-17 midfielder Carleton signs as Atlanta United's first Homegrown

U.S. U-17 midfielder Carleton signs as Atlanta United's first Homegrown

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U.S. U-17 midfielder Carleton signs as Atlanta United's first Homegrown

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Atlanta United’s Homegrown initiative has begun with the signing a U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team star.

Andrew Carleton was officially announced as Atlanta United’s first Homegrown Player on Thursday. The 15-year-old midfielder, who resides in Powder Springs, Georgia, will be added to the team’s roster as a Homegrown Player in 2017 after completing Homegrown Player training requirements.

“We’re excited to welcome Andrew to the club,” said Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra.  “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.  Andrew has been a mainstay with the U.S. Youth National Teams from a young age and we look forward to watching him develop as a professional.”

Carleton began his international career with the U.S. Under-15s and is currently in residency with the U-17s. While with the U-15, Carleton scored seven goals in five matches in the 2015 Tournament delle Nazioni in Italy, while his run with the U-17s yielded a similarly impressive haul of  two goals in four matches in the Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup.

In addition to his international experience, Carleton was one of several Atlanta United prospects to join the Charleston Battery for camp earlier this year.

The midfielder is currently preparing for the Under-17 World Cup.

“As a new club coming into the league, it’s critical that we build a strong foundation with young, talented players from our home territory,” added Atlanta United president Darren Eales. “Andrew is a great example of the deep talent pool we have to draw from in Georgia. We’ve been very impressed with his athletic ability as well as his character off the field.”

With the signing, Carleton joins an Atlanta United roster that includes goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, striker Jeffrey Otoo and midfielder Junior Burgos.

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