ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Atlanta United FC management has decided to select Eric Centeno as their top pick in the first round at number 19 because he has a ton of potentials and could be part of the future of the team if he plays well.
Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra told reporters that Centeno, 19 is young and the future is bright for him if he can develop quickly and perform well in their training sessions.
“He’s a young player, so he has some time to develop and that’ll be good for him coming in here, competing and hopefully getting better every day,” Bocanegra said.
Bocanegra said seeing the performance of Centeno in college, they want to use him in various positions aside from his natural position at forward.
“We think he’s quite crafty and tricky,” Bocanegra said.
“He can get to the end line and get some balls across,” Bocanegra added.
With regards to their three other draft picks, Bocanegra said they also have a chance to have a great career in the team if they play well.
He said the players they draft are not meant to plug holes for the team but players who have the potential to develop and learn the system of the team.
“We’ve definitely looked at it as not necessarily trying to plug some holes for the first team, but adding some players we think can develop and potentially affect the first team,” he said.
Aside from Centeno, United FC also drafted Round 2, Pick 19 – Tristan Trager, Midfielder, Round 3, Pick 19 – Daniel Bloyou, Forward, and Round 3, Pick 32 – Tola Showunmi, Forward.
At the moment, United FC is gearing up for another solid performance in the MLS 2022 season.
For its opening salvo in the MLS 2022 season, the United FC will host the dangerous Sporting Kansas City on February 27, 2022, at 3 p.m. (ET) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The match will be broadcast nationally and will be the first time Atlanta and Sporting KC face each other in a season opener.
It was also announced that Atlanta will face Colorado Rapids on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. (ET) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the reigning-Western Conference regular-season champions’ home opener. TV information for all matches will be announced at a later date, along with the remainder of the club’s MLS schedule.
The 2022 MLS season will feature 28 clubs, 14 in each conference, with clubs playing each team in its conference twice and eight teams from the other conference once for a total of 34 matches. After today’s announcement, Atlanta has six remaining matches against Western Conference opponents to be announced.

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