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Atlanta United adds goalkeeper with local roots, England experience

Mar 11, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United fans participate in the supporters march before the match against D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United FC signed a player Wednesday that adds depth behind veteran goalkeeper and Major League Soccer All-Star Brad Guzan.

The Five Stripes brought in goalkeeper Brendan Moore, who most recently played in England. Moore joins the team as a Discovery Signing, but he grew up just north of Atlanta, attending Roswell’s Centennial High School.

Specific terms of Moore’s deal were not disclosed. He is the third goalkeeper on Atlanta’s first team roster, joining Guzan and Alec Kann, another metro Atlanta native. The Five Stripes declined the option on its third first team keeper from last season, Mitch Hildebrandt.

“Brendan is a talented young goalkeeper with a bright future and we’re pleased to have added him to our roster,” Atlanta technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He’s a local product with valuable professional experience in England and he’ll add quality to overall group of goalkeepers.”

Moore, 26, has never played in MLS. After helping Centennial win a Georgia State Championship in 2009, he went on to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013, he led the ACC in goals-against-average with a mark of 0.61. In 2014, he tallied nine shutouts for the Tar Heels and helped them advance to the Elite Eight.

After college, the 6-foot-2 goalkeeper went to England to begin his professional soccer career. From 2015 through 2018, he spent time with Fleetwood Town, Torquay United and Rochdale, clubs playing in the fifth and third tiers of pro soccer in England. In 76 total appearances in England, he tallied 26 clean sheets.

Moore is just the second signing the reigning MLS Cup champions have announced so far this off-season, following the addition of midfielder Brek Shea.

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