Atlanta United signs Aiden McFadden to First Team contract

ATLANTA – Atlanta United today announced it has signed Aiden McFadden through the remainder of the 2022 season. McFadden previously joined the First Team as a U-20 Call Up Replacement, filling the roster slot temporarily left vacant by Tyler Wolff’s call-up to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team for the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championships from June 18 to July 3.

“Aiden has been a consummate professional since joining our organization last year and he’s earned this opportunity with the First Team,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “The transition from college to the professional game can often be difficult, but Aiden has trusted his development plan and continued to work hard in training every day. He had a great season at the USL level last year and his continued commitment to his game ultimately led him to seize this opportunity. We’re excited for him and look forward to watching his future development.”

The 23-year-old made his MLS debut against Colorado Rapids on March 5, 2022 and has started Atlanta’s last three matches. McFadden spent his college career at Notre Dame before being selected 59th overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. The Pennsylvania native has since become a staple of the Atlanta United 2 setup. In his first season with the USL Championship side, McFadden set the ATL UTD 2 record for most goals in a season with eight. His versatile skillset has seen him play for head coach Jack Collison as a defender, midfielder and forward.

Atlanta (5-7-5, 20 points) returns to action Saturday, July 9 when it hosts Austin FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7 p.m. ET, Bally Sports South, 92-9 The Game, La Mejor).

TRANSACTION: Atlanta United signs Aiden McFadden for the remainder of the 2022 season on July 8, 2022.

Player Profile

Name: Aiden McFadden

Position: Defender

Birthdate: September 28, 1998 (23)

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Nationality: USA

2022 Atlanta United roster (as of July 8, 2022)

Goalkeepers (5): Dylan Castanheira+, Justin Garces*, Raúl Gudiño, Brad Guzan+, Rocco Ríos Novo^^

Defenders (13): Mikey Ambrose, George Campbell, Alex De John, Alan Franco, Andrew Gutman, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Aiden McFadden, Efrain Morales*, Juan José Purata^^^, Miles Robinson, Bryce Washington, Caleb Wiley

Midfielders (11): Thiago Almada, Osvaldo Alonso+, Ezequiel Barco, Erik Centeno, Emerson Hyndman, Franco Ibarra, Marcelino Moreno, Matheus Rossetto, Amar Sejdic, Santiago Sosa, Tyler Wolff**

Forwards (7): Luiz Araújo, Machop Chol, Ronaldo Cisneros^, Jackson Conway, Dom Dwyer, Erik López*, Josef Martínez

*-On loan to Atlanta United 2

**-On loan to Club Atlético River Plate

*-On loan to Club Atlético Banfield

**-On loan to SK Beveren

^-On loan from Chivas Guadalajara

^^ On loan from Club Atlético Lanús

^^^ On loan from Tigres UANL

+- On Season-Ending Injury List