Carleton, an 18-year-old Powder Springs native, has represented the U.S. on the U15 and U17 teams and played well.
His exclusion for the coming World Cup wasn’t a surprise because he isn’t receiving a lot of minutes with Atlanta United or Atlanta United 2. He has three appearances with the first team this season for a total of 64 minutes. He has five appearances with Atlanta United 2 for 415 minutes. He has one assist with Atlanta United 2.
De Boer also said that he doesn’t think Carleton has finished developing physically. De Boer compared Carleton’s growth with that of Daley Blind, an Ajax player he managed. De Boer said others doubted Blind because of his stature. De Boer said he didn’t because, as with Carleton, he could see his quality.
De Boer said he told Blind that when he was ready, go to the gym and a nutritionist. Blind started to work out, worked with the nutritionist and became stronger when he was around 20 years old. He started to play regularly with Ajax first team in 2011 when he was 21, left Ajax for Manchester United in 2014 and played well there until 2018 when returned to Ajax.
“Some are late starters in that,” de Boer said. “He (Carleton) has to deal with that. If he does that well, he has a great future here.”