UPDATE: Atlanta United officially announce Burgos’ option has been declined
#ATLUTD decline option on Junior Burgos— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 16, 2016
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Junior Burgos was signed by Atlanta United earlier this year. Terms were not disclosed at the time. Sources stated that the contract was a one year deal with a club option. While it is unknown what Burgos’ contract status was in 2016, he was included on the list of eligible players for the MLS Waiver Draft tomorrow.
MLS releases the list of players eligible for tomorrow's Waiver Draft. #OCSC will select 6th. pic.twitter.com/6M8HLupHin— Gavin Ewbank (@GavinEwbank) December 14, 2016
The Waiver Draft is for players who are out of contract, but do not qualify for Free Agency or the Re-Entry Draft. Players who are still under contract, but waived from their current club, are also eligible.
Burgos spent the 2016 season on loan to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. He struggled for playing time with the Rowdies, starting four of eight games played during the season.
Players who are selected and still under contract are automatically added to their new team’s roster. Players who are out of contract and selected must be issued a genuine offer.
If not selected, Burgos would become available to all MLS clubs on a first come, first serve basis.
Atlanta will select 21st in the draft. Chicago earned the first selection due to the Fire finishing 2016 with the worst record in the league.