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.”
As I head back to the states I want to give a massive thank you to all involved with @officiallydale. The incredible fans, players and staff all made my time at the club a wonderful experience. One I’ll never forget. I wish you all the best
— Brendan Moore (@Brendan_Moore24) January 9, 2019
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.
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) January 9, 2019