Atlanta United 2 players Guillermo Benitez of Panama and Wesly Decas of Honduras will travel to Poland this spring with their respective nations to compete in the U-20 FIFA World Cup.
Benitez, 19, has been a standout for Panama’s Youth National Teams and earned his first call up to the senior team for a friendly against Venezuela in September. With the youth team, the left back made five starts for Panama’s U20 National Team in the 2018 Concacaf Championship.
Decas, at only 19, is already highly seasoned within the region. Prior to playing for ATLUTD2, he signed with Costa Rican club FC Moravia in 2017 and was loaned to Mexican second division side FC Juarez. The defender, who can pay both fullback and center back, has been a standout for Honduras’ Youth National Teams and recently captained the U-20 team during the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship that sealed his teams qualification for the upcoming World Cup.
It’s an impressive achievement for the two players, both of which are defenders who have stood out for ATLUTD2. It’s also a badge of distinction for the club and USL to have two players leave to participate in international duty for a tournament that will see some of the world’s brightest young talents taking center stage. Remember, these are not players who have professional contracts with the first team — they are USL players.