• Cobb County teen makes MLS debut for Atlanta United

    By: Anthony Amey




    The chant rang loud and clear on Saturday night, as 44,893 fans begged United head coach Tata Martino to put a new midfielder into the game.

    In the 86th minute, the coach obliged and 16-year-old Andrew Carleton made his Major League Soccer debut with his team already well ahead of the visiting Houston Dynamo.

    Not only did the teenage phenom enjoy his first MLS experience, but he did so in the shadow of his hometown of Powder Springs.

    Channel 2’s Anthony Amey spoke with Carleton on Wednesday about his first experience on the field as a member of United and how he managed to get to this point at the tender age of 16.

    Carleton told Amey he decided to stop going to school when he was 9-10 years old so that he could be homeschooled and focus on soccer.

    Carleton signed with Atlanta United as the team’s first Homegrown Player in June 2016, but this is the first time he’s taken the field for the team.

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