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Atlanta United today announced it has signed free agent defender Mikey Ambrose. The El Paso, Texas native returns to Atlanta after playing the previous season with Inter Miami CF.


“Mikey is an MLS veteran who has proven to be a reliable and versatile defender, and we’re pleased to welcome him back to our club,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “We know we’ll be able to count on his experience and leadership to give us additional competition in our back line.”


Ambrose was a member of the Five Stripes from 2017-19, originally joining via the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft. He made 20 appearances across those three seasons in MLS, in addition to two postseason appearances for the club. The versatile defender made seven appearances in 2017, before making nine in Atlanta’s MLS Cup winning 2018 season. Ambrose has also appeared in the U.S. Open Cup and Concacaf Champions League for Atlanta.


Prior to joining Atlanta in 2017, Ambrose broke into MLS with Orlando City SC in the 2016 season. He made his MLS league debut on Aug. 20, 2016 against Colorado Rapids. In 2020, the defender made six appearances with three starts and scored his first career MLS goal in the regular season finale for expansion side Inter Miami CF.


A three-year letterman for the University of Maryland has represented the United States at the U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels. He made his professional debut in 2015 with the Austin Aztecs (USL) before making his MLS debut in 2016 with Orlando City.


Player Profile

Name: Mikey Ambrose
Position: Defender


Height: 5-9


Weight: 165


Birthdate: Oct. 5, 1993 (27)


Birthplace: El Paso, Texas


Nationality: United States


Transaction: Atlanta United signs Mikey Ambrose as a free agent on Dec. 22, 2020.


2021 Atlanta United roster (as of Dec. 22, 2020)

Goalkeepers (2): Brad Guzan, Alec Kann


Defenders (10): Mikey Ambrose, George Bello, George Campbell, Franco Escobar, Andrew Gutman^, Brooks Lennon, Fernando Meza, Efrain Morales, Miles Robinson, Anton Walkes.


Midfielders (9): Mo Adams, Ezequiel Barco, Jürgen Damm, Emerson Hyndman, Marcelino Moreno, Jake Mulraney, Eric Remedi, Matheus Rossetto, Tyler Wolff.


Forwards (4): Jackson Conway, Adam Jahn, Erik Lopez, Josef Martinez


* - joins First Team effective Jan. 1, 2021
^ - on loan from Celtic

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