Atlanta United announced today that it has signed defender Bryce Washington to a Homegrown Player contract. The centerback out of the University of Pittsburgh is the 11th Homegrown signing in club history.
The Atlanta native played a season with the Five Stripes in the development academy in 2016-17 and was the team’s leader in minutes played. After high school he spent all four years in college, split between Rutgers and Pitt. During his collegiate career he made the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week five times and the CollegeSoccer News Team of the Week twice.
It remains to be seen exactly how Washington will fit into the first team’s plans in the short term. That will likely depend on how versatile of a defender he is. With the departure of Jack Gurr and the unknown quantity that is Ronald Hernandez, the need for a backup fullback is there. If Washington can prove his ability to play all across the back line he could see some minutes in 2021. If not, he’ll likely begin his pro career in USL.
Welcome to Atlanta United, Bryce!