ATLANTA, GEORGIA—One of the bright spots in the injury-riddled season of Atlanta United FC in this year’s Major League Soccer season is the steady and strong development of 17-year-old homegrown player Caleb Wiley. Wiley has become a regular starter for Atlanta United FC despite his age. This MLS season, Wiley has played in 19 of Atlanta United’s 26 games, with 15 of the appearances coming from the starting lineup.
The solid performance of Wiley this year made him one of the country’s top left-back prospects. On February 27 this year, in the first game of Atlanta United FC in the 2022 MLS season in front of its fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Wiley scored one of the team’s three goals in their win over Sporting Kansas City 3-1. Wiley scored the toe-touch goal in the 88th minute.
Wiley is pleased with his goal.
“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Wiley said. “I don’t score that many goals that often, so when I do, I’m so speechless,” Wiley added. Wiley was invited to the United States Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team for a training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, last Jan. 24-Feb. 2. Sources said the U-20 team is continuing its preparation for this summer’s 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship, which will serve as a qualification for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
According to reports, this is Wiley’s second call to the U.S. U-20s. The teenager joined the group for a training camp and the Revelations Cup in Celaya, Mexico, Nov. 7-17, 2021, where he made three appearances with two starts against Brazil’s U-18s, Colombia’s U-19s, and Mexico’s U-20s. Wiley has also made three appearances with the U.S. U-17s, earning his debut in a friendly against Spain’s U-16s on Feb. 19, 2020.
The United FC announced they had signed Wiley to a Homegrown contract through the 2025 season with a club option for 2026. Wiley has been with the Atlanta United Academy since its inaugural season and has played significant minutes with Atlanta United 2 the past two years.