Atlanta United 2 adds four plays to inaugural roster

ATL UTD 2 today announced it has signed four players to its inaugural roster in goalkeeper Nicolas Caraux, midfielder Gaston Cardozo, winger Brian Gambarte and defender Shawn Nicklaw, pending league and federation approval.

Caraux and Nicklaw have professional experience throughout Europe while Cardozo and Gambarte hail from Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, the former club of Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino.

“I am excited to add these four players to our roster as we continue to build the group,” ATL UTD 2 head coach Scott Donnelly said. “In Nico and Shawn, we have two players with significant experience and quality who reflect the club’s core values. With Gaston and Brian, we were able to bring in very good young talents, but also continue to strengthen the bridge toward the first team as part of the club’s unified approach.”

Caraux, 26, joins ATL UTD 2 from French club FC Versailles 78. The 6-3 goalkeeper has played professionally in France with Versailles, Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB), and Lens II. Caraux also played with Greenock Morton in the Scottish Championship and League One.

Nicklaw, 28, joins ATL UTD 2 after playing professionally in Iceland, Denmark and in the United States. He most recently played with FC Edmonton since 2016 and is a veteran of the NASL and USL, carrying more than 100 appearances across all competitions in the United States’ second divisions. The offensive-minded fullback has 24 caps with the Guam national team which he has represented since 2012. Nicklaw was a standout at the University of Connecticut from 2007-10.

Cardozo and Gambarte both come from Newell’s Old Boys academy system in Argentina.

ATL UTD 2’s season begins on March 24 against New York Red Bulls II at Coolray Field for the club’s inaugural match. For the full schedule, and details on ticket information for ATL UTD 2, please visitwww.atlutd/2.

 

PLAYER PROFILES

Name: Nicolas Caraux

Position: Goalkeeper

Birthdate: March 4, 1991 (age: 26)

Birthplace: Versailles, France

Height: 6-3

Citizenship: France

Previous Club: FC Versailles 78

Transaction: Signed with ATL UTD 2 on Feb. 6, 2018

 

Name: Gaston Cardozo

Position: Midfielder

Birthdate: Jan. 21, 1998 (age: 20)

Height: 5-6

Citizenship: Argentina

Previous Club: Newell’s Old Boys

Transaction: Signed with ATL UTD 2 on Feb. 6, 2018

 

Name: Brian Gambarte

Position: Forward

Birthdate: March 15, 1999 (age: 18)

Height: 5-7

Citizenship: Argentina

Previous Club: Newell’s Old Boys

Transaction: Signed with ATL UTD 2 on Feb. 6, 2018

 

Name: Shawn Nicklaw

Position: Defender

Birthdate: April 15, 1989 (age: 28)

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Height: 6-0

Citizenship: United States, Guam

Previous Club: FC Edmonton

Transaction: Signed with ATL UTD 2 on Feb. 6, 2018

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