The Atlanta United Academy is committed to raising the level of soccer in Atlanta and across Georgia and the entire Southeast. Our academy graduates have gone on to professional careers with Atlanta United and NCAA Division 1 college programs.
The Atlanta United Academy has produced six professionals for Atlanta United and ATL UTD 2, with the following players signing pro contracts with the club:
George BelloHometown - Douglasville, GA
George Bello signed as a Homegrown Player with Atlanta United on June 17, 2017 with the deal becoming effective Jan. 1, 2018. George made his professional debut for ATL UTD 2 in the USL against the Charlotte Independence on March 31, 2018 and has spent his entire playing career on the U.S. Youth National circuit, in youth training camps with each national team up to the U-18s.
Andrew CarletonHometown - Powder Springs, GA
Atlanta United’s first Homegrown Player, Andrew made his MLS debut at age 16 against the Houston Dynamo on May 20, 2017. He scored his first professional goal for Atlanta United's USL side ATL UTD 2 against Louisville City on April 21, 2018, and has represented the U.S. National Team at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U17 U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels.
Alessandro CastroHometown - Atlanta, GA
An 18-year-old midfielder from Atlanta, Castro signed a professional contract with ATL UTD 2 straight out of the club’s Academy, where he has played since the program launched in 2016. In the Academy’s first season, Castro was an integral part of the U-16 team which won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship.
Chris GoslinHometown - Locust Grove, GA
Chris Goslin became the second Homegrown Player in Atlanta United history when he signed with the club as a 16-year old in October of 2016. Goslin has been a fixture with the US National Team since 2012 when he made his debut with the U-14 team. Goslin spent part of the 2016 season with USL side Charleston Battery, and is now a regular starter for USL side ATL UTD 2.
Laurent KissiedouHometown - Tucker, GA
Laurent Kissiedou made his professional debut for the Charleston Battery in 2017 after spending a year in Atlanta United's Academy, scoring seven goals with the U-18 team. Kissiedou is currently signed to Atlanta United's USL side ATL UTD 2.
Lagos KungaHometown - Tucker, GA
Kunga signed as a Homegrown Player with Atlanta United on June 17, 2017 with the deal becoming effective Jan. 1, 2018. He made his club debut with Atlanta United's first team in their U.S. Open Cup match against Miami FC on June 28, 2017 and is a regular starter for USL side ATL UTD 2. He most recently played with the United States National Team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Patrick OkonkwoHometown - Suwanee, GA
Patrick Okonkwo signed a Homegrown contract with Atlanta United on June 17, 2017 after a stretch as one of the most prolific scorers in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He is currently spending the season on loan getting professional experience with USL side Charleston Battery.
Division 1 scholarships
Equally important to the Atlanta United academy is giving opportunities to young athletes to use the beautiful game to achieve their goals on and off the field. The following players received scholarships to continue their playing careers at the NCAA level:
- Charlie Asensio – Clemson University
- James Brighton – Clemson University
- Will Crain – Brown University
- Justin Garces – UCLA
- Dawson Gideon – Mercer University
- Omar Mustafic – UNC Charlotte
- Victor Pereyra-Zavala – Georgia State University
- Kahsay Sahlu – Coastal Carolina University
- Russell Shealy – University of Maryland
- Blake White - University of Alabama-Birmingham
- Machop Chol - Wake Forest University
- Bryce Washington - Rutgers University
- Michael Ille - Clemson University
- Sam Morton - Princeton University
- Aldair Cortes - Georgia Southern University
- Alhaji Tambadu - Georgia Southern University
- Kareve Richards - Mercer University