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Atlanta United, ATL UTD 2 announce several roster moves

Some loan news for the first-team.

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On Monday, Atlanta United and ATL UTD 2 announced a total of three roster moves that will increase the personnel options for both sides heading into the resumption of the 2020 season.

Two pieces of loan business was confirmed for the first-team with the announcement that Jon Gallagher has returned to the club from his loan with Aberdeen. Gallagher, Atlanta’s No. 14 overall SuperDraft pick in 2018, appeared a total of 33 times for the SPL side during his year-long loan spell. He is a versatile wing player who can play in the attack and on the back line.

In addition to welcoming back a player, another one has extended their stay in Atlanta. Manuel Castro’s loan from Estudiantes has been extended until the end of 2020. Castro joined the club in the winter and appeared just once before the season was suspended.

2020 Atlanta United roster (as of June 29, 2020)

Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan, Alec Kann, Brendan Moore

Defenders (10): George Bello, George Campbell, Edgar Castillo, Franco Escobar, Jon Gallagher, Brooks Lennon, Fernando Meza, Miles Robinson, Anton Walkes, Laurence Wyke.

Midfielders (10): Mo Adams, Ezequiel Barco, Andrew Carleton**, Manuel Castro, Luiz Fernando, Emerson Hyndman, Jeff Larentowicz, Jake Mulraney, Eric Remedi, Matheus Rossetto

Forwards (5): Adam Jahn, Lagos Kunga*, Josef Martinez, Pity Martinez, JJ Williams.

* - on loan with Phoenix Rising

** - on loan with Indy Eleven

ATL UTD 2 also made some news by inking the club’s first round SuperDraft pick in 2020, Patrick Nielsen, to a contract. The 23-year-old is a towering center back, born in Denmark. He was drafted by the club out of Michigan State, where he played two seasons.