In last week’s game (which feels like a long time ago) defender Mikey Ambrose made his debut for the Five Stripes as he came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute for Marietta native Mark Bloom.
Ambrose completed eight of 10 passes on the left side of the field during his time on the pitch.
“It felt amazing,” Ambrose said. “It was a very intense game and I was very grateful to the coaches and all the staff for trusting me in that game and it was a lot of fun.”
United acquired Ambrose with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 Expansion Draft. He spent last season with Orlando City SC, where he started in four of his appearances for the club.
“I been working really hard all year,” Ambrose said. “The team is very close, it felt a little bit different than before (talking about Orlando last season). We have a very strong team and it’s just a lot of fun to be out there and play that style the (Tata Martino) teaches us to play.”
Ambrose represented the University of Maryland between 2012-14 and made 71 appearances and has also represented the U.S. Men’s National Team at the Under-17, U-18 and U-20 levels.
Ambrose started his professional career with the Austin Aztex of the USL and spent most of last season with Orlando City B, where he started in 17 of 18 appearances.
After making his debut this past weekend, Ambrose will look make his first appearance at Bobby Dodd today as they face the Houston Dynamo, where the Five Stripes will look to earn their first victory since they defeated Real Salt Lake on April 22.
“Our fans are unbelievable,” Ambrose said. “The atmosphere that they create is the best in the league and it’s so much fun to play in front of the fans.”