Atlanta United acquired $175,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM) from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the No. 7 overall pick in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft presented by Adidas. Atlanta then selected midfielder Tyler Young from Campbell University with the No. 36 pick.
Young, a two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Year and two-time All-South Region performer, started 41 of his 49 appearances over three seasons at Campbell, tallying 18 goals and 21 assists. The midfielder scored four goals and added three assists as a redshirt freshman in 2020-21, earning Big South All-Freshman Team honors. He went on to record nine goals and nine assists in 18 appearances as a redshirt sophomore in 2021, where he was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big South, and Second-Team All-South Region after leading the conference in points (27). The Troutman, N.C. native closed out his college career with five goals and nine assists in 20 appearances this past season, again earning Big South Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big South, and Third-Team All-South Region honors. Young helped guide Campbell to back-to-back Big South Regular Season championships in 2021 and 2022 as well as the 2021 Big South conference tournament.
Name: Tyler Young
Hometown: Troutman, North Carolina
Previous Club: Campbell University
Transaction: Atlanta United selected Tyler Young with the 36th pick in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft
2022 Atlanta United roster (as of Dec. 21, 2022)
Goalkeepers (2): Justin Garces, Brad Guzan
Defenders (10): Noah Cobb*, Alan Franco, Andrew Gutman, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Aiden McFadden, Efrain Morales, Juanjo Purata, Miles Robinson, Caleb Wiley
Midfielders (11): Thiago Almada, Ozzie Alonso, Ezequiel Barco**, Derrick Etienne Jr., Ajani Fortune*, Emerson Hyndman, Franco Ibarra, Marcelino Moreno, Matheus Rossetto, Santiago Sosa, Tyler Wolff***
Forwards (8): Luiz Araújo, Erik Centeno, Machop Chol, Jackson Conway, Dom Dwyer, Erik López, Josef Martínez, Edwin Mosquera
*Effective Jan. 1, 2023
**On loan to River Plate through 2023 season
***On loan to SK Beveren through 2022-23 season