ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United 2 FC and Atlanta United Academy midfielder David Mejia are using the United Soccer League (USL) Championship season to the hilt.
Mejia is currently training with the Peru Men’s Soccer team in preparation for their international matches this year.
The chance to train with the top players of the Peruvian soccer team will further boost the skills and confidence of Mejia.
Recently, United 2 FC signed Mejia to a professional deal.
Aside from boosting its USL Championship 2022 campaign, the move to sign Mejia is also seen as a way to reward homegrown players who have played exceptionally well for the team for the past years.
Mejia made 26 appearances and eight starts for Atlanta United 2 over the past two seasons, recording five goals and one assist. He made 10 appearances with one start in 2020, scoring three goals and adding an assist in 198 minutes. Mejia then started seven of his 16 appearances in 2021 and scored two goals in 681 minutes. Mejia made his professional debut on July 19, 2020, against Memphis 901 and scored his first goal on July 30, 2020, against Miami FC.
“David has shown great progress throughout his time with our Academy and he’s earned a professional contract with the club,” Atlanta United 2 head coach Jack Collison said. “David’s worked hard to utilize the club’s pathway, which is a credit to his commitment and the program that we have in place. He’s proven that he can perform at the professional level and we’re excited for him to take this important next step in his development.”
Mejia, 18, joined the Atlanta United Academy in August of 2018 when his family moved from Jacksonville, Florida to the Atlanta area. The Lima, Peru native made 24 appearances with the U-17s that season. He has spent the past two seasons with the U-19s as well as Atlanta United 2.
United 2 FC is hoping to have a great USL Championship campaign next year since it is their last appearance in the league.
According to reports, United 2 FC will transfer to the Major League Soccer NEXT Pro in 2023.
The new league’s goal is to create an “integrated player pathway from MLS NEXT through to MLS first teams” by serving as a bridge from the Academies into the professional system.
The league is scheduled to debut in March 2022.

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