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Official: Atlanta United to send Andrew Carleton on loan to Indy Eleven

Seems like the right move.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE, 1/21: Carlos Bocanegra said in a conference call after the Julian Gressel trade that Andrew Carleton would be loaned to Indy Eleven, confirming reports by both The Athetic’s Jeff Rueter and the AJC’s Doug Roberson

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Jeff Rueter from The Athletic provides an update on Carleton.

The tumultuous Atlanta United career of Andrew Carleton appears set for another twist. The 19-year-old Homegrown Player was noticeably absent from the team’s first full training session of preseason. Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the club is attempting to find a suitable loan for the Powder Springs native.

The decision makes a ton of sense considering Carleton’s missteps with the team. Whether it’s been off-the-field issues or inconsistencies on it, the youngster just hasn’t been able to find his feet at the professional level.

A loan to another club where he can be challenged to earn regular minutes without the expectations of being the hometown kid and first-ever Homegrown signing seems like the best option for him.

The question now is, what destination would be best for his development? Will we see him with another MLS club? Is the USL in his future? Or could he find himself completely out of his comfort zone and trying his luck abroad? Stay tuned.