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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The professional development of Atlanta United’s young player Tyler Wolff just got a much-needed boost. Wolff has been called up to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team for the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship from June 18 to July 3 in Honduras. According to reports, the tournament will serve as a qualification for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

As the top seed in the tournament, the U.S. was drawn into Group E and opens the competition against Saint Kitts and Nevis on Saturday, June 18 (4 p.m. ET), faces regional rival Canada on Monday, June 20 (8:30 p.m. ET) and finishes the group stage against Cuba on Wednesday, June 22 (8:30 p.m. ET). 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 last year instead of his central midfield position. “That’s where I had my success to get my opportunity here,” Wolff said. As an attacking midfielder, Wolff works in spaces and runs 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.