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Andrew Carleton makes his USL debut with Charleston

Over twenty minutes in a losing effort in Montreal

Atlanta United Homegrown Player signing Andrew Carleton made his USL debut this afternoon with the Charleston Battery. He played a little over twenty minutes in a 2-1 loss at FC Montreal.

The result was a disappointing one for Charleston as they had a man advantage for most of the second half and gave up the winning goal to a short handed FC Montreal squad.

Carleton played on the left side and had plenty of touches on the ball in his debut. He looked comfortable and not out of his depth, coming into the game more and more as it went on. He is at his best in possession where he was consistently serving dangerous crosses and beating defenders in 1v1 situations. Carleton will take the next leap in his development when he makes more of an impact off the ball, both defensively and with runs in the attack.

Charleston has three more USL matches before the playoffs start. Carleton will not be eligible for the playoffs because league rules state that players on loan must appear in five regular season games to qualify for the playoff roster. Atlanta United’s Jeffrey Otoo must appear in all three remaining games to be eligible, while Alex Tambakis has already made 16 league appearances.