Atlanta United have announced the signing of striker Brandon Vazquez.
#ATLUTD sign U.S. Youth International @Brvndonv pic.twitter.com/bByrO8ccVK— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 2, 2016
Vazquez is an 18-year-old striker who represented the USA at the most recent under-17 World Cup where he scored two goals. A product of the Club Tijuana academy, Atlanta United signed him using the discovery mechanism.
It is not known if a transfer fee was paid by the club to acquire him.
“Brandon is an exciting addition to the foundation we’re building with our roster,” team president Darren Eales said. “Our club is committed to identifying and securing young and exciting prospects nearing the prime of their careers, and Brandon is another example of that. He has a bright future for club and country and we’re pleased he’s decided to sign with us.”
Our newest signing on the world stage #Brilliant pic.twitter.com/WLPCc8jdwo— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 2, 2016
Vazquez is a native of Chula Vista, CA and stands 6 foot 3 inches tall.
This is a very interesting signing from a roster perspective. Vazquez is a extremely young and talented striker. With Kenwyne Jones already signed it appears as if Vazquez could be used in a relief role when the matches start piling up. Then there’s the mentor aspect of a young striker gaining valuable experience playing behind a season veteran, a very intriguing dynamic to this signing.
The signings will start coming thick and fast now that the MLS playoffs are almost over. Vazquez is just the latest addition.