Atlanta United have made an adjustment to its roster on Monday evening, waiving forward Jacob Peterson.
“We want to thank Jacob for his contributions to the club and wish him luck in his future,” Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He scored some big goals for us last year and he’ll always be appreciated for our expansion season.”
Peterson appeared in 10 matches for Atlanta in 2017, starting in one. His most memorable moment was his last-gasp goal at former club Sporting Kansas City that helped the Five Stripes salvage a point against their Western Conference foes. He also notched a goal during Atlanta’s six-goal onslaught at Minnesota United FC in March and during its 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union in late September.
It was going to be tough for the 32-year-old to get a great amount of first-team minutes moving forward, especially considering he had been a consistent presence in Sporting’s lineup while there (65 starts and over 100 appearances while there). His departure opens up some great opportunities for younger players to fill the void, though, with players like Andrew Carleton potentially being an option as a backup at wing to spell either Ezequiel Barco or Tito Villalba. We’ll see what the club does in the coming weeks.