ATLANTA, GEORGIA—— Atlanta United 2 goalkeeper Vicente Reyes’s professional soccer growth just got a much-needed boost. According to reports, Reyes has been called up to the Chilean national team for the upcoming FIFA international window. Sources said Reyes would train in Chile from May 30 to June 14 as part of a ‘projection group,’ where two of nine players will be selected to join the rest of the team in Asia for matches against South Korea and Japan.
Before the call-up, Reyes previously played for Chile in the U-17 and U-15 squads, this is the 18-year-old’s first callup to the senior squad. Reyes, 18, was a member of the Academy’s inaugural U-13 roster in 2016. He made six starts for Atlanta United 2 over the past two seasons. His professional debut came on Sept. 2, 2020, in a 2-1 victory against Philadelphia Union II.
He’s combined for 24 saves in 540 minutes of action. His career save percentage in the USL Championship stands at 64.9 percent. In the summer of 2018, Reyes earned a call-up to the Chile U-17 National Team. “Vicente has continued to progress throughout his time with our Academy and his two seasons with ATL UTD 2,” Atlanta United 2 head coach Jack Collison said. “He’s another great example of our club’s pathway, coming into our Academy at a young age and working his way up to this level. We are excited to see him take this next step in his professional development.”
United 2 FC is hoping to have a great USL Championship campaign next year since it is their last appearance in the league.
According to reports, United 2 FC will transfer to the Major League Soccer NEXT Pro in 2023. The new league’s goal is to create an “integrated player pathway from MLS NEXT through to MLS first teams” by serving as a bridge from the Academies into the professional system. The league is scheduled to debut in March 2023.