Wednesday, Atlanta United Football Club announced they have acquired goalkeeper Kyle Reynish via trade from the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls received a 2018 Natural Fourth Round SuperDraft selection from Atlanta.
“We were keen on acquiring another goalkeeper with MLS experience,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a statement. “Kyle has earned a spot on our roster after trialing with us over the past month. As the veteran goalkeeper in camp, Kyle has been a positive addition and he’s proven he belongs at this level.”
Reynish has been on trial with Atlanta United for most of the preseason. He is 6’3″, 193 pounds and won the 2006 national championship with the University of California-Santa Barbara. Reynish was selected in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft by Real Salt Lake. Later he moved on to NY Red Bulls and has made nine appearances with Red Bulls II over the past two seasons.
Thursday, AUFC announced Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) as the club’s official pediatric healthcare system and the naming partner of its new training ground.
“We are very excited to announce the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground,” said club president Darren Eales. “Children’s is a well-known and respected organization that shares many of Atlanta United’s core values, especially involving community support. Children’s will be an invaluable asset for our club with the expertise to care for our academy teams as well as our younger first team players.”
According to a press release by Atlanta United, the $60 million training center will serve as a primary recruiting tool for prospective footballers and provide academy players with the best environment to learn and train with the first team. After launching in 2016, the Atlanta United Academy has quickly achieved success. The Under-18 and Under-16 squads are ranked 1st and 2nd. In addition, twenty academy players have been called up to international squads.
“We have an elite academy program that has already seen two players move up to the first team with Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin,” said Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. “The relationship with Children’s and the ability for our young players to train at a world-class facility like the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground will take our academy programs to the next level.”
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground will host national and international soccer clubs that will participate in tournaments to be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Training Ground will also host grassroots soccer initiatives including coach education and referee training.
Tomorrow, Atlanta United will hold its first official press conference with head coach Tata Martino and players Miguel Almiron, Greg Garza and Michael Parkhurst at 1:45pm.
Atlanta United will host the New York Red Bulls at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 7:30pm on FOX Sports 1.