For Saturday’s game against Toronto FC (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass, Star 94, La Mejor), Atlanta United announced today that it has signed Matt Edwards to a Short-Term Agreement.

A club may sign a player from its affiliate (MLS NEXT Pro) during the league season, according to the 2024 MLS Roster Rules and Regulations. A club may only sign a player for a maximum of four Short-Term Agreements (up to four-day contracts) each season, with a maximum stay of 16 days. A player is permitted to be on the rosters of up to four MLS league season matches in a given season, but they are only permitted to play in two of those games. Throughout his four Short-Term Agreements, a single player may participate in an unlimited number of non-league games.

For each MLS league season match, a club may use up to four players on Short-Term Agreements, provided that they are either homegrown players or are paid less than or equal to the MLS Senior Minimum Salary ($89,716) with their affiliate. After the roster freeze (which includes the MLS Cup Playoffs), this amount will be lowered to one player per MLS league season match. For MLS league season games, more players may also be signed to Short-Term Agreements, but only in the most dire circumstances.

On December 22, 2023, Edwards, who had played three seasons at the University of North Carolina, signed a contract with Atlanta United 2. At the U-17 level, he enrolled in the Atlanta United Academy in 2019 and captained the U-19 team. The adaptable defender appeared in eight games for ATL UTD 2 during the 2020 USL Championship season, marking his professional debut. Throughout three seasons, the product of Apex, North Carolina, participated in 43 games with the Tar Heels.

In his final season in 2023, he participated in 18 games—16 of which he started—and finished with two assists, aiding North Carolina in its journey to the ACC Tournament Final and the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.

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