Atlanta United defender George Campbell is one of five players added to the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer®, the league announced on Wednesday. The match features MLS Homegrowns taking on Chivas de Guadalajara’s U-20 team and is set to take place on Tuesday, July 30 at 5 p.m. ET (TUDN / Twitter) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
The MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer® will be part of an exciting night of action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. As part of a dual-event ticket, fans will be able to enjoy both the MLS Homegrown Game at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by Target at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase at www.MLSsoccer.com/AllStar.
Campbell, who is the club’s sixth Homegrown signing, has been a mainstay with Atlanta United 2 in the USL Championship. His contract with Atlanta’s first-team goes into effect January 1, 2020. The Chester, Pa. native has impressed in his first professional season, ranking among the top defenders on ATL UTD 2 in 2019. In his 13 appearances this season, Campbell has logged over 1,000 minutes and ranks fourth in minutes played. The central defender ranks second on the team with 90 duels won and sits third with 39 clearances.
He becomes Atlanta United’s fourth Homegrown to be selected for the MLS Homegrown Game. Andrew Carleton (2017 & 18), Chris Goslin (2017) and Lagos Kunga (2018) have previously played in the showcase. Carleton earned MVP honors in last year’s match, which was played at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground.
2019 MLS Homegrown Team Roster
Goalkeepers: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC)
Defenders: George Campbell (Atlanta United), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC), Erik McCue (Houston Dynamo), Andre Reynolds II (Chicago Fire), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Efraín Álvarez (LA Galaxy), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Clément Bayiha (Montreal Impact), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Mathieu Choinière (Montreal Impact), Noble Okello (Toronto FC), Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Theo Bair (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Handwalla Bwana (Seattle Sounders FC), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution)
MLS Homegrown Game History
2018: MLS Homegrown Team 1-1 Tigres UANL U-20s
2017: MLS Homegrown Team 2-2 Chivas de Guadalajara U-20s
2016: MLS Homegrown Team 0-1 Mexico U-20s
2015: MLS Homegrown Team 1(4)-1(5) Club América U-20s
2014: MLS Homegrown Team 0–0 Portland Timbers U-23s