Academy Graduates

Academy Graduates

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.

Professional contracts

The Atlanta United Academy has produced 12 professionals for Atlanta United and ATL UTD 2, with the following players signing pro contracts with the club:

Machop Chol

Machop Chol

Hometown - Tucker, GA
DOB: 11/14/1998

Machop Chol signed as a Homegrown Player on January 19, 2021. Chol was an original member of Atlanta United’s U-18s during the Academy’s inaugural 2016-17 season and has played the last four seasons at Wake Forest. Chol, 22, was born in Sudan and emigrated with his family to the United States in 2000. He grew up in Tucker, Georgia and began his youth career playing for Decatur-DeKalb YMCA (DDYSC). He joined the Academy for the inaugural 2016-17 season and helped lead the U-18s to the Southeast Division title, scoring 11 goals in 28 games. He then committed to national powerhouse Wake Forest.

Efrain Morales

Efrain Morales

Hometown - Decatur, GA
DOB: 3/4/2004

Efrain Morales signed as a Homegrown Player with Atlanta United on August 13, 2020 with the deal becoming effective in 2021. Morales made his professional debut against ATL UTD 2 on August 15, 2020, where he also scored his first professional goal. Morales joined the Atlanta United Academy for its inaugural season in 2016-17, playing for the U-12s. He made 22 appearances and scored four goals. He quickly jumped age groups the following season, splitting time equally between the U-15s and U-14s. He was called-up to the U.S. U-15 National Team for camps in August 2018 and January 2019. Last season, Morales mostly played for Atlanta’s U-17s and was most recently called into the U.S. U-17 National Team camp in February 2020, a key camp for the 2021 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Tyler Wolff

Tyler Wolff

Hometown - Braselton, GA
DOB: 2/13/2003

Tyler Wolff signed as a Homegrown Player with Atlanta United on July 2, 2020. Wolff made his MLS debut for ATL UTD against Inter Miami FC on September 2, 2020. Wolff joined the Atlanta United Academy prior to the 2019-20 season and made 11 appearances during the abbreviated season, scoring 14 goals. He particularly shined during the 2019 Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where in a span of four days, Wolff scored six goals in three games.

George Bello

George Bello

Hometown - Douglasville, GA
DOB: 1/22/2002

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. Bello made his MLS debut on September 22, 2018 and became the 6th youngest player to score a goal in MLS history on October 6, 2018. In 2020, Bello ranked 2nd in played minutes for MLS Homegrown players under 20.

George Campbell

George Campbell

Hometown - Atlanta, GA
DOB: 06/22/2001

George Campbell signed a Homegrown contract on July 9, 2019 after impressing during his time with the Atlanta United Academy and ATL UTD 2. Campbell joined the Atlanta United Academy during its first season in 2016-17, joining from Georgia United. Despite his age, Campbell spent the majority of the 2019 season with ATL UTD 2 in the USL Championship. The central defender played in 11 games, with 10 of those being starts. His professional debut came against Hartford Athletic on March 9, 2019 where he was named Man of the Match. Campbell impressed in his first professional season, ranking among the top defenders on ATL UTD 2 in 2019. In his 11 appearances that season, Campbell ranked second on the team with 20 interceptions, 74 duels won and eight blocks. The central defender ranked third among Atlanta defenders with 34 clearances in 2019. At the club’s academy, Campbell started 32 games for the U-17s during 2017-18 season, anchoring the team that reached the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) championship in just its second season. The year prior, he appeared in 24 matches and made 11 starts for the U-16s. Campbell made his MLS debut on March 7, 2020 in a 2-1 win against FC Cincinnati.

Jackson Conway

Jackson Conway

Hometown - Atlanta, GA
DOB: 12/3/2001

Jackson Conway signed as a Homegrown player for Atlanta United on Dec. 3, 2020. The striker joined Atlanta United’s academy system for the 2016-17 season and has continued to climb through the club’s ranks. After a prolific goal-scoring career in the Academy, which included helping the U-16 side win the Development Academy National Championship in 2017, Conway decided to turn professional and signed with ATL UTD 2 on Dec. 20, 2018. On his first team debut on Dec. 16, 2020 in Concacaf Champions League play, Conway scored the game-winning goal against Club América in Atlanta’s 1-0 victory in the second leg of the quarterfinals. In the past two seasons, Conway has shown to be a consistent goal scorer at the USL Championship level. He scored five goals in his debut season in 2019. He followed that up by scoring six goals in only 10 appearances in the shortened 2020 campaign.

Andrew Carleton

Andrew Carleton

Hometown - Powder Springs, GA
DOB: 6/22/2000

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. Carleton spend the 2020 season with USL Championship side Indy Eleven and recorded one goal and three assists in 14 matches played.

Lagos Kunga

Lagos Kunga

Hometown - Tucker, GA
DOB: 10/20/1998

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 became a regular starter for ATL UTD 2 in 2018 with 31 matches played. He has scored seven career goals, all coming at the USL Championship level. He has added five assists, two of them coming in 2019 (with Memphis 901 FC) and one in 2020 (with Phoenix Rising FC). Kunga participated with the United States National Team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Alessandro Castro

Alessandro Castro

Hometown - Atlanta, GA
DOB: 2/26/2000

A midfielder from Atlanta, Castro signed a professional contract with ATL UTD 2 straight out of the club’s Academy, where he 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. Since turning pro, Castro made 12 appearances for ATL UTD 2 in 2018, and added six more in 2019. He scored his first professional goal on Sept. 22, 2018 against North Carolina FC. He has since moved to Honduras to play for Juticalpa. Castro was a member of Honduras' 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup squad, playing in two group stage matches.

Chris Goslin

Chris Goslin

Hometown - Locust Grove, GA
DOB: 5/12/2000

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 was a fixture in the youth US National Team setup after making his debut with the U-14 side in 2012. After spending part of the 2016 season with the Charleston Battery, Goslin gained more professional experience with ATL UTD 2 in 2018. He finished that campaign with 22 appearances and 1,410 minutes played in USL Championship.

Laurent Kissiedou

Laurent Kissiedou

Hometown - Tucker, GA
DOB: 12/22/1998

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. The following year, Kissiedou made his breakthrough with ATL UTD 2, finishing with 24 matches played. He scored his first professional goal for ATL UTD 2 on May 6, 2018 against FC Cincinnati. He added two more goals later that season for the USL side. Kissiedou concluded his ATL UTD 2 career with 45 matches played over two seasons.

Patrick Okonkwo

Patrick Okonkwo

Hometown - Suwanee, GA
DOB: 4/23/1998

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. Okonkwo made his professional debut in the USL Championship with the Charleston Battery in 2017. He had a prolific 2018 campaign, scoring five goals in 23 matches for the Battery. Following that season, Okonkwo returned to the Five Stripes and made 16 appearances for ATL UTD 2 in 2019, scoring two goals and adding one assist. He spent this past season at USL League 1 side Chattanooga Red Wolves.

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: