Atlanta United signs Morales as Homegrown player

Atlanta United's Efrain Morales.
Atlanta United's Efrain Morales.

Credit: MLS/Atlanta United

Credit: MLS/Atlanta United

Atlanta United’s Efrain Morales became the team’s eighth Homegrown signing with Thursday’s announcement, with the signing to take effect Jan. 1.

Morales, a 16-year-old midfielder and native of Suwanee, in January worked out for Manchester United in England. He wasn’t made available by Atlanta United to discuss the experience.

Morales was selected in Atlanta United’s first academy classes in 2016 as a member of the U12 team. He has 82 appearances for Atlanta United’s academy, with six goals scored. He previously played for United Futbol Academy.

Academy Director Tony Annan described Morales as a good passer and strong tackler with excellent technical ability. Annan said he thought that Morales, at this point, was further along than George Campbell, another Homegrown signing who is with the senior team.

Morales is the second Homegrown signing for Atlanta United, which in July announced that forward Tyler Wolff signed.

Past Homegrown signings are Andrew Carleton, who is on loan with Indy in the USL, Lagos Kunga, who is on loan with Phoenix in USL and Campbell, who has one appearance this season. Chris Goslin and Patrick Okonkwo no longer are with the club.