Atlanta United FC signed their second Homegrown Player in club history on Thursday, when the club announced they signed US Under-17 national team midfielder Chris Goslin to a contract.
Chris Goslin, now Atlanta United FC‘s second homegrown player, will join his fellow 16-year-old teammate Andrew Carleton in Atlanta. Carleton became the first player in club history to sign a Homegrown deal with Atlanta back in May. The addition of Goslin comes after several moves for United FC, including the recent signing of their head coach and plans to kick off their inaugural 2017 season at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.
According to head coach Gerardo Martino, Goslin has a lot of potential. “I’m very excited for Chris and the future of our club. I was able to see Chris play with the U17s and he has huge potential. I look forward to working with him.”
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Goslin, a native of Locust Grove, GA, is a member of Atlanta United Academy. He played for Georgia United’s U-18 team in the 2015-16 USSDA season. That season, he scored three goals in 11 appearances. His efforts helped lead Georgia United to the playoffs with a 17-11-5 record. Additionally, Goslin has divided his time at the national level. He is currently in residency with the U.S. U-17 national team in Bradenton, Florida, where the team is preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Over the last year, Goslin has been a participant in every tournament the team has played.
Bocanegra on Signing Goslin:
"“This is another proud signing in the history of Atlanta United,” said Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra. “Chris’s progression through the youth system has been particularly impressive and he’s shown that he’s ready for the next level in his development. It’s our priority to cultivate a pathway that consistently progresses the best youth players in the area to the next level.” -VIA ATLUTD.com"
President Darren Eales on Signing Goslin:
"“As a club, we’ve set out to commit considerable resources to building the strongest academy in the league, in an effort to lay a firm foundation for our future,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “Identifying and developing the best youth players from the Atlanta area has been a priority and Chris certainly has the ability and potential to become a key member of the First Team.” – VIA ATLUTD.com"
With the addition of Goslin, the 2017 roster is now composed of eight players, two of which are Homegrown Players. According to MLS rules, there is no limit to the number of Homegrown Players a club can sign in a year. Welcome to Atlanta, Chris Goslin!