It's official! Atlanta United FC have made their first ever player signing. The club announced on Monday that it has signed goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis from the storied Greek club Panathinaikos.
Tambakis, 23, becomes the first player in Atlanta United FC history. He will join the club's newly-announced USL affliliate the Charleston Battery for the 2016 season to get acquainted to soccer in America.
The young goalkeeper is a dual-citizen of Greece and the United States. Which is important because it means he won't occupy one of the club's international player slots. He has represented the Greece under-19 national team on four occasions. He also spent time with the U.S. under-17 team. During his pro career he's had loan spell in the Netherlands with VVV-Venlo.
"This is an exciting day for our club as we officially begin building our roster," said Atlanta United president Darren Eales. "Every spot on the roster is important as we seek to find a competitive edge. Our approach will be to find quality players that contribute to the squad at every level."
This a milestone day in the club's history. They have now begun building their initial roster for their inaugural season.