ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Two of the reasons why the Atlanta United FC decided to sign Bryce Washington to a Homegrown deal is his leadership and defensive skills.
On June 4, the United announced the official signing of Washington, who became the team’s 11th Homegrown signing, 2nd to return from college, and the 2nd to return from Atlanta’s original U-18s team.
United executives lead by Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra are positive and have high hopes for Washington who is part of the newest young gun of the team.
“Bryce was one of the top NCAA players in the country last year and we’re excited to welcome him back to the club,” Bocanegra said.
“Every player has a different development process and Bryce complemented his progression by having the opportunity to play regularly for four years at a top-level collegiately. He’s an athletic center back who will continue to develop with more playing time,” Bocanegra added.
A native of Atlanta, Washington played for one season in the Atlanta United Academy where he showed leadership and positive influence to his young teammates in the academy.
Washington played in 30 matches during the 2016-17 season, scoring three goals.
He led that team to a No. 1 overall national seed and the club’s first the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Southeast Division title.
In college, Washington is also a stellar defender.
Washington, 22, spent the last two college seasons at Pitt and helped the Panthers reach the National semifinals this past spring. Pitt went 16-4-0 during the spring season and was the No. 2 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington appeared and started in all 20 games and recorded four goals and one assist, including a goal against Monmouth in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. He was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week a team-best five times and College Soccer News Team of the Week twice. Before transferring, Washington spent two years at Rutgers and appeared in 32 matches.
He was also a member of the 2017 Big Ten All-Freshman team.