All of the efforts of Atlanta United to build a “best in class” academy began to pay off yesterday as five players were named to the U.S. Youth National Team’s upcoming U17 training camp. To put that in perspective, eight other MLS clubs placed a player in the squad along with Paris St. Germain. The LA Galaxy had two of their players in the squad. Atlanta United had five.
Two of the Atlanta United players named in the squad play with the team’s U16 academy team, the other three will feature for the U18’s.
It is a credit to the groundwork laid by Georgia United that four of these players came from their program originally. That demonstrates why the unique partnership Atlanta United formed with Georgia United to kick start its academy was worth it. Six teams that have been in MLS for over 20 years did not place one player in this squad. Atlanta United has not even kicked a ball yet, but is ahead of the game in this regard.
Atlanta United, if they continue to develop the talent that they will be starting off their academy with, could change the game in this league.
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