ATLANTA (Dec. 14, 2021) — Atlanta United 2 today announced it has re-signed midfielder Robbie Mertz, pending league and federation approval.
Mertz started 26 of his 28 appearances in the USL Championship in 2021 and tallied one goal and a team-high five assists while finishing second on the team with 43 chances created.
“We’re pleased to bring Robbie back after a productive season in which he was a key contributor to our squad,” Atlanta United 2 head coach Jack Collison said. “Robbie is a creative player who adds quality to our midfield and his leadership is invaluable to our young group.”
Mertz, 25, joined Atlanta United 2 on Jan. 12, 2021 after two seasons with USL Championship club Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. He was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 76th overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft before signing with Riverhounds SC. The Pittsburgh native tallied 12 goals and eight assists in 48 appearances across all competitions during his two years with his hometown club.
Mertz attended the University of Michigan where he played four years from 2015-18. With the Wolverines, Mertz totaled 76 games played, nine goals and 12 assists. During his junior and senior campaigns, he was named United Soccer Coaches All-North Region and All-Big Ten. In 2019, he was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor, an award presented for academic and athletic achievement.
Name: Robbie Mertz
Birthdate: Dec. 4 1996 (25)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality: United States
Transaction: Atlanta United 2 re-signs Robbie Mertz on Dec. 14, 2021
2022 Atlanta United 2 roster (as of Dec. 14, 2021)
Defenders (1): Aiden McFadden
Midfielders (2): Ajani Fortune, David Mejia, Robbie Mertz
Forwards (1): Darwin Matheus
ABOUT ATL UTD 2
ATL UTD 2 is owned and operated by AMB Sports & Entertainment and is the United Soccer League Championship (USL Championship) affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. ATL UTD 2 joined USL for its expansion 2018 season and plays its home matches at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.