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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United young player Tyler Wolff feels confident as of late. This developed after Wolff, 18, was picked as part of the roster of the United States Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team. Head coach Mikey Varas has called up 22 players for the training camp from April 22 to May 1. The camp is in preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship in Honduras, which will serve as a qualification for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Wolff made his debut for the U-20s on March 26, 2022, against Argentina and made his second appearance on March 29 against River Plate. The 19-year-old has started four of his five MLS appearances in 2022 and has recorded one assist. Earlier, Wolff said he is happy that coach Gonzalo Pineda gave him his usual position while still playing in the team’s academy and Atlanta United 2.

He said Pineda tasked him to become an attacking midfield instead of his central midfield position last year. “That’s where I had my success to get my opportunity here,” Wolff said. As an attacking midfielder, Wolff is tasked with working in spaces and running behind defensive lines.

Now that he gets back to his old position, Wolff hopes he can get more playing time this year. “I think that’s what everybody wants, they want to be on the field,” he said. “But I think I need to prove to Gonzalo that I can do it day in and day out at training. And then when I get my minutes, making sure I’m creating chances so that I can be on the field with the first team,” he added.

Last season, Wolff made seven appearances, including two starts, with the first team. Pineda, for his part, is happy with the way Wolff performs in their training. “I was pleased, especially with Tyler in the movement behind the lines, his positioning in between the lines, playing as a 10,” Pineda said.