Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Atlanta United Youth Academy To Launch 2016

Atlanta United has announced that five age groups will be joining the US Soccer Development Academy in the fall of 2016 and will incorporate aspects of existing programs Georgia United and Concorde Fire. 

Georgia United will phase out its U-16 and U-18 age groups as ATLUTD will begin with U-12, U-13, U-14,  U-16 and U-18 months before the senior MLS team takes the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

This last bit is directly lifted from SBI because they said it better than I could.

Launching the club in the fall of 2016 will mean a faster timetable on being able to bring Homegrown Players into the Atlanta United first team, and will also mean getting the ball rolling on improved player development options in a region that has already established a reputation for developing a high level of top talent, with Clint Mathis, Josh Wolff and, more recently, Sean Johnson and Jack McInerney among the ranks of professional players from Georgia.