INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced its first new arrival of the year on Friday with the acquisition of United States youth international Andrew Carleton on loan from Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC for the 2020 USL Championship season.
“Acquiring one of the most talented young Americans playing domestically speaks volumes to the caliber of squad we plan to field in 2020,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “Andrew’s attacking mindset, ability to score in different ways and vision make him a handful to deal with in the final third. We saw firsthand towards the end of last season that he can perform quite well at this level, and we’ll expect him to be a steady contributor for us this season.”
Carleton comes to Indy after three seasons in the Atlanta United organization, which made him its first Homegrown Player signing as a 16-year-old in June 2016. The 19-year-old native of Powder Springs, Georgia, made 11 first-team appearances for Atlanta from 2017-19, starting twice and notching one assist in 229 minutes of MLS regular season play. In addition, Carleton appeared in six Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fixtures for the Five Stripes in those three seasons, tallying a goal and an assist.
“I am super excited to be in Indy and to get the season started up, and I want to thank Indy Eleven and Coach Rennie for giving me the opportunity to play here,” said Carleton. “I just want to go out there and work hard, enjoy my soccer, and win some games with a great group of guys.”
Carleton has played most of his minutes in the USL Championship, first dipping his toes into the pro ranks following his 2016 summer signing via a loan stint with Charleston Battery. Over the past two seasons he has competed regularly for ATL UTD 2, recording seven goals and four assists over 29 appearances for the side.
Carleton has also been a regular contributor for the United States Youth National Teams, earning more than 40 caps between 2015-19 with the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-20 squads. Carleton was a standout performer for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team that took part in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where he scored twice and recorded three assists while starting all five games during the side’s run to the Quarterfinals.