ATLANTA – It was odd that Andrew Carleton was not in Atlanta United FC’s locker room last night as the club celebrated its Major League Soccer Cup victory.
Carleton, 18, is a native of nearby Powder Springs, Ga., and was the club’s first homegrown signing. On Saturday night in the locker room, Pro Soccer USA asked George Bello and Chris Goslin, two other Atlanta homegrowns, where Carleton was. They looked at each other and shrugged.
An Atlanta United spokesperson confirmed to Pro Soccer USA on Sunday that Carleton was suspended from the MLS Cup and postmatch celebration because of a “violation of club policy.”
The club didn’t offer any other details, but a reporter with The Athletic said on Twitter that Carleton was “out partying” Friday night and posted photos of that on his Snapchat account.
Carleton did train with the club Friday morning at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The dynamic young midfielder was left off Atlanta’s 18-man roster, but appeared on it often during the regular season. He last appeared in a match with the Five Stripes Oct. 21, when he started and played 67 minutes in a home win against the Chicago Fire.
In all, Carleton appeared in seven games with Atlanta United’s first team in 2018, starting in two contests and tallying one assist. He also played in 14 games with the USL’s ATL UTD 2, finishing with two goals and two assists.
Carleton was selected to play in the 2018 MLS Homegrown game and has appeared with the U.S. men’s national teams on the U-18, 17 and 15 levels.
Pro Soccer USA has reached out to Carleton, but he did not immediately respond to a request for comment.