ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Promising Atlanta United defender Aiden McFadden is feeling good today. On July 9, United announced it had signed Aiden McFadden through the remainder of the 2022 season. United decided to sign McFadden for the rest of the ongoing MLS season due to his superb performance for the team.
Before the full contract, United signed McFadden to a short-term contract as a temporary replacement for Tyler Wolff, who has been called up to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team for the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championships from June 18 to July 3.
McFadden, one of the top players of United 2, fills in the void left by Wolff. According to reports, from June 18 to July 3, the league and the MLS Players Association have agreed to allow an exception to the limitations on short-term loan agreements for clubs with players unavailable due to U-20 national team call-ups. McFadden, 23, spent his college career at Notre Dame before being selected 59th overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Atlanta United 2 signed McFadden on April 21, 2021. McFadden tallied eight goals and three assists in 29 USL appearances in 2021. The Pennsylvania native has since become a staple of the Atlanta United 2 setup. In his first season with the USL Championship side, McFadden set the ATL UTD 2 record for most goals in a season with eight. His versatile skill set has seen him play for head coach Jack Collison as a defender, midfielder, and forward. The former Fighting Irish made his first-team debut in a cameo against Colorado Rapids on March 5, 2022. United hopes to get back on its feet when they host the red-hot Austin FC at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 9.