ATLANTA, GA – Caleb Wiley came into the game against Charlotte with a point to prove, and boy did he deliver. The 22-year-old forward put on a masterclass performance, netting two goals and an assist in the first half alone, helping Atlanta United to a 3-0 victory over their inter-state rivals.
It was a historic night for the Atlanta United faithful, as Wiley became the first player in MLS history to contribute three goals in a single half against Charlotte. The young striker’s first goal came in the 14th minute, as he capitalized on a defensive error by Charlotte’s backline to slot the ball past the goalkeeper.
Wiley’s second goal was a thing of beauty, as he received a perfectly weighted pass from teammate Marcelino Moreno and curled a stunning shot into the top corner of the net. The Atlanta fans erupted in cheers as Wiley celebrated with his trademark “Caleb Shuffle” dance.
But Wiley wasn’t done yet. Just minutes later, he turned provider, setting up Erik Lopez with a perfectly weighted pass for Atlanta’s third and final goal of the night. It was a stunning display of skill and composure from the young forward, who has quickly become a fan favorite at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
After the game, Wiley was humble in his post-match interview, giving credit to his teammates and coaches for their support. “I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said. “We’re a team, and we win as a team.”
But make no mistake, Caleb Wiley is a star in the making, and Atlanta United fans are lucky to have him. With performances like this, he’s sure to become a household name in MLS in no time. Watch out, world.