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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The development of Atlanta United 2 forward Jonantan Villal as a soccer player got a much-needed boost. Atlanta United announced on August 7 that Villal had been called up to the Mexico Under-18 Men’s Youth National Team for its training camp in Mexico City from August 6 – 11.

In his young soccer career, Villal, 17, has logged 540 minutes for Atlanta United 2 this season and has logged two assists under head coach Jack Collison. According to reports, Villal, an Atlanta, Georgia native, becomes the fourth Atlanta United 2 player to receive a national team call-up this year. The forward represented the Atlanta United U-17 squad in the Generation adidas Cup in April, helping the team progress out of the group stage.

Villal was also a member of the Academy’s inaugural U-12 roster in 2016 and has been with Atlanta United since he was 11. Currently, Villal is the youngest USL Championship player to record an assist this season.