Atlanta United academy team wins national title

Andrew Carleton.

Andrew Carleton.

Atlanta United has won its first trophy.

Behind two goals from Andrew Carleton, Atlanta United defeated 2-1 to win the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy national championship on Sunday in the Under-15/16 division.

“It was a feeling of absolute elation, that we’ve actually done it,” Atlanta United FC Academy Director and U-15/16 coach Tony Annan told U.S. Soccer. “We set out at the beginning of the season, in August, to do this and the boys have been absolutely fantastic and they’ve done it. And this is it. I’m so happy and I’m really happy for our kids.”

Carleton, a native of Powder Springs, scored on a free kick in the 63rd minute and on a volley from 25 yards out in the 67th minute.

“This is (the work of) more than just this season,” Carleton told U.S. Soccer. “Georgia United, Concord Fire, all the clubs that have been around for a while, came together and put it all together for Atlanta United. It just shows the development of soccer in Atlanta. It’s really a pat on the back to guys like Tony Annan and Dave Smith, and everyone who has been a part of promoting soccer in Georgia.”