Atlanta United on verge of adding International slot

Atlanta United's Gordon Wild. (Atlanta United)

Atlanta United's Gordon Wild. (Atlanta United)

Atlanta United’s Gordon Wild is obtaining his Green Card, which after it is secured will open an International slot on the MLS team’s roster.

Wild, a 23-year-old native of Germany, was selected by Atlanta United in last year’s SuperDraft. He has made several game-day rosters this season, but has yet to play for the club. He is expected to receive his green card next week.

Wild posted on his Instagram account Wednesday that he will get his green card, and a team spokesman confirmed that Thursday.

Each MLS team starts with eight International slots, which can be traded. Atlanta United has eight on its roster, including Wild’s.

The team declined to say Thursday how it plans to use the slot when it becomes available.

Atlanta United could choose to slide Anderson Asiedu into that spot. Asiedu, a native of Ghana, and Jose Hernandez, a native of Venezuela, are listed in two categories on Atlanta United’s roster on the MLS website. Hernandez is on a season-long loan to Atlanta United 2 and can’t be recalled to the senior team this season, so there is no point in moving him into the International slot.

The first category is “international players that don’t count against slots” and the second is “unavailable players.”

Atlanta United also could decide to leave the slot unfilled.

Atlanta United's other International roster slots are occupied by Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar, Pity Martinez and Eric Remedi, who are natives of Argentina, Julian Gressel, a native of Germany who last year married a U.S. citizen and is working through the Green Card process, Dion Pereira, a native of England, and Florentin Pogba, a native of Guinea.