Atlanta United forward Andrew Carleton (30) works the ball during the first half in a MLS soccer game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta United to loan out Carleton

Atlanta United is planning to loan Andrew Carleton, who was the team’s first Homegrown Signing.

The team that Carleton will be loaned to, as well as the duration, are being worked out. Atlanta United has previously loaned players to USL clubs, frequently for a season.

Manager Frank de Boer said on Monday the loan was decided because the team felt that Carleton needs a fresh environment.

Carleton didn’t participate in the team’s first training session on Monday at its grounds in Marietta.

Carleton’s time with Atlanta United so far has been known more for misdeeds than impact.

The Powder Springs native wasn’t allowed to be with the team during its MLS Cup game in 2018, nor the parade, after he violated team rules.

Last year, the 19-year old was supposed to accompany the team to Toronto for an MLS game but forgot to bring his passport.

Manager Frank de Boer said last May that Carleton needed to improve his focus. After the Toronto mistake, de Boer said that Carleton needed to work on his professionalism.  De Boer then sent him to play with Atlanta United 2 for a few weeks. 

Near the end of the season, de Boer said that Carleton was improving.

Carleton was the team’s first Homegrown Signing. Atlanta United beat out a few clubs in Europe to sign a player who was then considered a future U.S. men’s national team cornerstone at midfield after stellar performances with the youth national teams. He has just 11 appearances in three seasons with Atlanta United.

Carleton wouldn’t be the first Homegrown Signing to not make an impact with the first team. During the offseason, the team declined options on Chris Goslin and Patrick Okonkwo.

Homegrown Signings who trained with the first team on Monday were George Campbell, Lagos Kunga and George Bello.

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